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Is Miley the belle of the Jingle Ball? Not to everyone

The massive Jingle Ball concert arrives tonight at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. So what can you expect from the 3½-hour pop parade?

The reviews from previous stops reveal that either Miley Cyrus was the undeniable star of the evening, or her appearance was a big letdown. Here are some excerpts about her performance as well as others on the bill:

New York Times: She sang in a strong voice — hollering, nasal, a little flat — but seemed distracted after the first few minutes. By midnight, before she'd made it into the third song, the crowd had deflated, and the girls were streaming out of the arena.

Atlanta Journal Constitution: When Cyrus opened her mouth for a gorgeous cover of Lana Del Rey's Summertime Sadness, backed by acoustic guitars and upright bass, and stormed through her monster ballad, Wrecking Ball, it was close to magical.

Minneapolis Star-Tribune: She's the only act in the history of the event to take the holiday theme seriously. And we're not just talking about her red leotard with white fur cuffs. No, most of her musicians wore Christmas sweaters, her three dancers sported reindeer antlers and, for good cheer, Miley added a drag queen dressed as a dancing Christmas tree and a dwarf in a silver jumpsuit whose face suggested Katy Perry's.

St. Paul Pioneer Press (in haiku!): ROBIN THICKE — "I know you want it"/ He sang for the little girls / Creepy? You, betcha

Atlanta Journal Constitution: For the third time in 12 months, Flo Rida landed on an Atlanta stage, and, while his songs seem to tire just a little bit each visit, he's still an indefatigable ringleader. Most of Good Feeling consisted of him telling the crowd to, "Put your hands up, put your, put your, hands up" and his new song, How I Feel, sounds exactly like the old songs with the same syncopated beat and wordplay. Of course, it will be a smash.

93.3 FLZ's Jingle Ball

93.3 FLZ's Jingle Ball, featuring Miley Cyrus, Robin Thicke, Enrique Iglesias and Flo Rida starts at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Tampa Bay Times Forum, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $46–$181. (813) 301-2500.

Is Miley the belle of the Jingle Ball? Not to everyone 12/18/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, December 18, 2013 12:02pm]
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