Some of today's most prominent artists and bands recently came together for one of the most impressive concerts Tampa has ever seen. Thanks to students, faculty and families, four students from the Spyglass newspaper were granted the opportunity to attend 93.3 FLZ's Jingle Ball as VIP and Press Pass holders for the night's event. Out of nearly 20 schools around the Tampa area, they won 41 percent of the overall votes.
Arriving at 3 p.m., the Jingle Ball Pre-show had just begun and a huge crowd of ecstatic fans were waiting for the first act to begin. This concert was held outside and free for anyone willing to go. The Ready Set, Austin Mahone, Bridgit Mendler, and DJ Beat Boy took the stage, getting the audience pumped up for the main show which started at 6:30 p.m.
The main floor inside the Tampa Bay Times Forum is where all the action happened. VIP guests received free Santa Claus hats that read on the front "Jingle Ball 2012." Stretching across the ground floor, the best seats in the house were filled with eager fans cheering on their favorite artists.
The official concert kicked off with Walk the Moon, an indie rock band who formed in 2008. They performed a few songs including their hit single, "Anna Sun," and really got the crowd excited and craving more.
Sean Kingston vigorously walked on the stage, and immediately had the crowd going wild. Entertaining the crowd with a live DJ behind him, the swarms of singing fans were dancing and fist-pumping to the music.
As Kingston walked off, Ed Sheeran was announced and the Sheerios, or Sheeran's fandom, went crazy. All acoustic, Sheeran performed his famous up-tempo song, "You Need Me, I Don't Need You," and amazed the crowd with his exceptional talent. Upon request, the lights were turned off and the crowd brought out their phones to light up the stadium. Unlike the other artists, he takes pictures of all his performances and posts them on Instagram.
Zedd, a music producer from Germany, strolled onto stage with a lively vibe that radiates through the arena. Zedd dropped the bass and had the floor shaking. With an appearance by Matthew Koma, the singer of the new single "Spectrum," the crowd came alive bouncing to the beat.
OneRepublic opened with Brent Kutzle, their main cellist, playing a striking melody that erupted into one of the bands most popular songs, "Secrets." They also gave fans a small sample of what to expect on their upcoming new album and played their unreleased single, "If I Lose Myself." During their last song, the front man, Ryan Tedder, jumped off the stage and ran into the crowd. A horde of people circled around and sang along with him.
Making a dramatic entrance, Ke$ha was carried onto stage by her "zombie crew" and broke into her popular song, "Blow." Out of all performers, her choreographed dances were one of the best of the night. Ke$ha had an unusual routine, but seems to get the crowd rapturous.
The most anticipated act of the night was definitely given by the one and only, Justin Bieber. Thousands of screaming girls go crazy when they hear the first words of his hit single "All Around the World." Later in Bieber's performance, he sang various songs from his Christmas album while a band member played the acoustic guitar, reminding everyone of his roots in music. For his finale, Bieber gave the girls something else to scream about as he stripped off his shirt. The females of the audience shrieked in approval at his bare chest as he performed his choreography and sang his newest single, "As Long as You Love Me."
93.3 FLZ provided a Jingle Ball to remember. Whether you are a fan of an artist like Bieber or a band like OneRepublic, the show afforded a night of entertainment for all of its Tampa Bay fans.