SANTA KNOWS ADAM LAMBERT HAS BEEN A VERY NAUGHTY BOY. Which is why some of you will show up at 93.3-FLZ's Jingle Ball pop minifestival just to see what the glammier-than-glam host will do next, visions of his saucy American Music Awards performance dancing in your heads. Don't expect to hear anything from his new album, For Your Entertainment, because the American Idol runner-up is not scheduled to perform. Here are five reasons to go see him anyway.
1THE VOICE: Even though he's not scheduled to sing, Glambert won't be able to resist. Our suggestion: Wham!'s Last Christmas.
2 THE OUTFITS: You just know a leather or latex elf suit is already in the works. Extra bells, please! Ooh, and a whip . . . for the reindeer (wink).
3THE TOMFOOLERY: When you call your event the Jingle Ball, you're just asking for trouble. We predict a verse or two of I Saw Adam Kissing Santa Claus.
4THE IDOL CONNECTION: Former Idol champ Jordin Sparks is on the bill. Maybe an octave-spanning duet of Baby, It's Cold Outside?
5THE MISTLETOE: Pucker up, percussion section!
You know you've got a strong concert lineup when the three biggest unknowns on the bill also happen to have three of the hottest songs in the country. That's the fortunate position in which 93.3-FLZ finds itself this weekend, as it prepares its inaugural Jingle Ball. The event will feature performances by the Fray, Jordin Sparks, Pitbull and Sean Kingston, among others — yet the most popular tunes of the night might be current Top 10 smashes by late additions Jason Derulo (Whatcha Say), Ke$ha (Tik Tok) and Iyaz (Replay). Who are those guys? Let's break down the Jingle Ball lineup from top to bottom.
Jay Cridlin, Times staff writer
m The four (pop) tops
The Fray should be intimately familiar to anyone who has ever watched even a minute of ABC prime time — piano-based pop-rock anthems like Over My Head (Cable Car), How to Save a Life and You Found Me are staples of Grey's Anatomy promos. Former American Idol winner Jordin Sparks was all over Tampa during Super Bowl week (she's an Arizona Cardinals fan) and played the St. Pete Times Forum with the Jonas Brothers over the summer. Miami rapper Pitbull has been all over the club scene this year with smash singles Hotel Room Service and I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho). And roly-poly Jamaican singer Sean Kingston seemed destined for one-hit-wonderdom with his Stand By Me-sampling single Beautiful Girls, but bounced back in 2009 with hits Fire Burning and Face Drop.
The kings of rock .
They're happier playing with synths than guitars, but Denver discopunks 3OH!3 still managed to make it in the world of rock, securing a slot on this year's Warped Tour with high-energy party poppers like Starstrukk and Don't Trust Me. Boys Like Girls still bring the synths, but offer up more straightforward pop-punk (The Great Escape is worth a download). And British duo the Ting Tings have been a part of our lives ever since their single Shut Up and Let Me Go permanently embedded itself into our brains through those iPod commercials a couple of years back.
, New kids .
Miramar singer and dancer Jason Derulo has been writing songs for artists like Lil Wayne and Pitbull for a few years now, but it wasn't until this fall, when his Imogen Heap-sampling, The OC-evoking single Whatcha Say jump-started his solo career. Watch for his debut album early next year. Iyaz is a native of the British Virgin Islands and a protege of Sean Kingston, which is evident from the sugary R&B pop hook of Replay. And Ke$ha (yep, the dollar sign is intentional) may be best known for singing the hook to Flo Rida's hit Right Round, but her solo debut single, Tik Tok, was sitting at No. 2 last week and is poised to turn her into one of the breakout pop artists of 2010.
Not all the stars at the Jingle Ball are scheduled to perform. In fact, some won't even take the stage. The station is sponsoring a "Celebrity Club" featuring appearances by the clubgoing pop-punk band Cobra Starship, Patron Tequila slingers Paradiso Girls, 'N Sync's Chris Kirkpatrick and pitchmen Anthony Sullivan and Billy Mays III. Plus, Bradenton pop-punk band We the Kings will perform an acoustic set. Tickets to the Celebrity Club start at $89.33 and include admission to the concert.