Performing hits from his six albums two nights in a row, 19-year-old Justin Bieber made sure his fans in Dubai will not forget him, but he may have made it a little hard for them to forgive him.
Justin Bieber, a Canadian teenager who shot to fame because he “never [said] never,” was late to his own show, twice.
The opening night, on Saturday, saw Bieber make his grand entrance two hours late, leaving thousands of fans disappointed. His second show was no different.
“#BelieveDubai #justinbieber was disappointed with you being so late on stage AGAIN - why? Very disrespectful [to] your fans!,” tweeted one person.
Al Arabiya attended the second show night and witnessed the weary crowd still waiting for any sign of Bieber as it neared 10 p.m.
As Bieber’s 10-minute countdown appeared on the big screen- signaling to everyone that they need not wait any longer, get ready - the star is about to come out- boos turned into high-pitched cheers of “Justin! Justin Justin!” while some fans started pushing everyone forward to get closer to the stage.
At the end of the 10-minute countdown, an introductory video of his “Believe” tour was played on a large screen, but still no Justin.
Bieber’s second night in concert started with his back up dancers coming out one by one, positioning themselves on stage, poised for the superstar to perform.
As he finally emerged from center stage, the stadium, which on the first night held 15,000 fans, erupted with the audience cheering his name. The teen star ended the long wait of thousands of “Beliebers” by singing and dancing to his hit song, “All around the World.”
For almost two hours, Bieber sang 16 of his hit singles including “Baby,” “Boyfriend,” “Take you,” “Believe,” “Never say never,” and Nicki Minaj collaboration, “Beauty and a Beat.”
From the audience’s point of view, it was obvious that Bieber was struggling to keep up with the high notes. Clearly, it was not a good idea to stage back-to-back shows in the UAE, especially since Dubai was the 75th city performed in by Bieber as part of his Believe world tour.
The un-beliebable incident
In a strange turn of events, a fan – who shocked some but was the envy of others – managed to climb up onto the stage.
The fan then ran towards Bieber before being tackled by security personnel.
Videos of the incident surfaced on YouTube showing a struggling Bieber. Security swooped in to release the singer from the hands of the “attacker” as the piano, on which the star was playing, was toppled.
One tweep said: “It wasn’t a prank. Someone ran on stage during [the song] Believe and the piano got knocked off its platform. Everyone is fine. No need to worry!”
In an interview with Gulf News on Monday, Thomas Ovesen, COO of Done Events said: “I think it was more a matter of a crazy fan trying to find his way to meet Justin.”
Done Events, the official organizer of Bieber’s two-night concert in Dubai, also said that “nothing untoward happened. [Bieber] doesn’t think there was an incident. He lives in a world where crazy fan admiration happens and he almost expects it.”
Bieber himself tweeted, “Dubai. Nothing stops the show. 2 more to go. #BELIEVEtour”