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Backstage at the Jingle Ball: Fashion report, 'Star Wars' talk from Tove Lo, Charlie Puth, Hailee Steinfeld and more

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December

Most every artist performing at the 93.3-FLZ Jingle Ball, held Saturday at Tampa’s Amalie Arena, walked the red carpet. Several, however, skipped interviews in favor of taking quick pictures and signing posters.

Nick Jonas and Zedd made the fastest passes, both only staying in the pressroom for less than 60 seconds. Jonas set off his buzz cut with a tan bomber jacket and matching shirt with jeans, making him the most dressed-up man on the red carpet.

The ladies, however, brought it. Long-legged ingénue Hailee Steinfeld donned a topknot and white silk jumpsuit ready for a night at Studio 54. And songwriter Chloe Angelides channeled her inner Pink Lady in an all-black ensemble -- complete with leather jacket -- that would make Rizzo green with envy.

DNCE was all about the hair and the chill on the red carpet. Joe Jonas dyed his waves green, and guitarist JinJoo Lee rocked Minnie Mouse buns and red shades with aplomb.

Here’s our review of the 2015 93.3-FLZ Jingle Ball. For more reports from the red carpet, read on...

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The biggest problem with playing back-to-back Jingle Balls in Miami and Tampa this weekend: Performers had no chance to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

“I probably should,” admitted Alessia Cara, lest she be subjected to spoilers.

For some, that has as much to do with the stress of the holidays as it does the hectic Jingle Ball lifestyle.

“I will see it, obviously but it's not high on priority list for my week off,” said Tove Lo, who said she’s “going to hang out with my parents and lay still with my dog and eat a lot of food.”

Not so for Virgin Islands pop duo R. City, who already have their screening picked out.

“We're going to see it as soon as we get home,” said R. City’s Theron Thomas. “We're going to see it on Dec. 24, actually.”

Angelides, who came out to sing Make Up with R. City, has her Force Awakens experience all planned out, too.

“I made a promise to my friend that I wouldn't see Star Wars until I got home to L.A. We're going to one of those theaters with the reclining chairs where you can order food. It's going to be a whole deal.”

Oscar-nominated actress Steinfeld is likewise making it a priority. “That's what I'm going to do when I get home,” she said. “Like first thing. Have you seen it? is it good? I'm dying to see it.”

Charlie Puth, on the other hand? Not so much.

“I'm not a Star Wars fan. I just don't care for it. Nick Jonas was trying to get us all together to go see it, and I told that I'm not a Star Wars fan and he said, ‘What?’”

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You know what Puth is excited about? Getting nominated for Song of the Year at the 2016 Grammys for See You Again, his smash collaboration with Wiz Khalifa.

“It's pretty amazing,” said Puth, whose album Nine Track Mind drops Jan. 26. “I sometimes try and find a way to put it into words. So I'll be a Starbucks and they'll ask my name, and I'll say, ‘Charlie – no, three-time Grammy-nominated Charlie.’ No, I'm kidding, I don't say that. But really it's all been so humbling.”

While Puth has big things planned for 2016, including the album, the Grammys, possibly the Oscars (since it came from the soundtrack to Furious 7, See You Again might be nominated for Best Original Song) and a tour. “It’s crazy; they are already scheduling it out,” he said.

The best part of it all, he said, is “having all these songs I wrote in my little apartment in Los Angeles screamed back at me. It makes me want to go back and write more songs.”

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Who were this year’s Jingle Ball acts most excited to see?

“This has been my first touring experience, and so much fun being surrounded by all these talented artists,” said Steinfeld. “I don't know if I could pick just one. I love Shawn (Mendes). I love Demi (Lovato). I love Nick. Everyone is great.”

Angelides, spread the love all around, too.

“I love Tove Lo, because she does whatever she wants on stage,” Angelides said. “I've become friends with so many people on this tour. Hailee Steinfeld and I became friends backstage and so it's fun to see her on stage doing her thing.”

And Cara spoke about hanging with DNCE, Nick Jonas, Mendes, Steinfeld and Tove Lo.

“I’ve made such amazing friends, and it’s just such a cool experience,” she said. “You get to experience what it’s like to just play an arena. It’s just validating all my feelings for wanting to do this.”

-- Robbyn Mitchell and Jay Cridlin

[Last modified: Sunday, December 20, 2015 2:40am]

    

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