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Rita Ora’s At The Trocadero On Thursday Night

This’ll come full circle, trust. But the other night I was hypnotized by VH1 Divas, essentially a train wreck hosted by Adam Lambert. It was a trip. Four of us sat there talking smack about nearly every performance, BECAUSE THEY WERE BAD. Pretty much every single one. House DJ, Havana Brown, was a pretty offensively obnoxious presence, taking us in and out of the MANY commercial breaks (lookin’ like a Christina Aguilera lookalike circa 2001). Almost completely out-of-place were a couple Metric performances (including a cover of “Heart of Glass” – there were vague tribute moments to Blondie and Diana Ross). Also, Adam Lambert turned in an awkwardly lukewarm cover of Madonna’s “Ray of Light.” But what was really showstoppingly brutal, were the “new divas”; Demi Lovato and Miley Cyrus were terrifying. Demi sang her “Give Your Heart A Break” hit (poorly), and Cyrus did a dreadful cover of Billy Idol’s “Rebel Yell.” Completely mystifying, Pitbull closed out a night of “Divas” with “Don’t Stop The Party.” WHAT WAS HE DOING ON THAT STAGE?

Shockingly, and surprisingly fun? The Dee-Lite tribute. Yup, Natasha Bedingfield and Iggy Azaela did “Groove Is In The Heart” with the help of Bootsy Collins. It really wasn’t bad. Bedingfield sang the hell out of it. It’s a favorite of anyone who loves the late ’80s and early ’90s disco-influenced dance music. Iggy’s alright, she did a mediocre job with Q-Tip’s rap, and is pretty fun in the T.I.-guested “Murda Bizness.” She’ll open for the ultra-charming Rita Ora Thursday night. Her set at Made in America was electric – she’s a beautiful and up-and-coming young talent. Tickets are $25 in advance and $27 at the door; door’s at 7pm and, oh look, Havana Brown opens the night.

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