BY MIRANDA KARANFILI, Staff Writer
Fifth Harmony shines bright after their concert on Monday March 16 at the Royal Music Theatre.
After thousands of girls young and old lined the block of the theatre cramming into the venue like sardines it was safe to say the fans were in for a treat that night.
The crowd was buzzing with the electricity in the air; they were waiting for the girls. The house lights went dark and the white curtain that was covering the stage fell as the beats to their first song from their set “Reflection” began to play. Ally Brooke, Normani Kordei, Camila Cabello, Dinah Jane, and Lauren Jauregi were revealed from behind the curtain, posed on a stairway; they began the show, strutting down the stairs singing “Reflection.”
Fans screamed as the girls danced to the beat of the song, one of the most empowering tracks from the album. The lyrics start off with the girls making you think they are talking about a man but they turn it around and saying, “Boy I ain’t talkin’ about you, I’m talkin’ to my own reflection.” The girls, during their set, stare into prop mirrors to emphasize that this song isn’t for the boys; it’s for the women in the audience.
The five singers introduced themselves in between songs, going towards the crowds stretching out their hands to the fans and holding hands with them.
Next, after opening with “Reflection,” the girls performed songs from their EP, which included “Better Together” and “Miss Movin On.” The songs generated a strong response with the fans, leading them to sing along in sync with the performers. The girls held out their microphones to the fans, as they sang together the songs that helped Fifth Harmony establish their growing success.
“I love you all so much; it’s because of all of you we are here, Detroit. Thank you all so much, Harmonizers,” Camila Cabello said blowing a kiss to the audience. The girls have always made a point to thank their fans, to say they owe their success to their “Harmonizers,” and you could feel the sincerity in their words whenever they danced on stage or held their hands out for fans.
The girls covered songs such as Hozier’s “Take Me To Church,” also their covers included a medley of Mariah Carey songs such as“We Belong Together,” “Always Be My Baby,” and “Shake It Off.” Fifth Harmony used the medley to transition into their own song “Like Mariah” which includes a sample from Mariah Carey’s song “Always Be My Baby.” The song really showcases the girls’ vocal range.
Especially Dinah Jane, the youngest member of the group, is able to hit the same sultry low notes as Carey, while Normani Kordei and Ally Brooke took charge of the infamous whistle tones in the song.
The Mariah Carey medley was a great composition; it was a treat for many of the older fans in the audience and even younger fans when their echoed singing brought smiles to the girls’ faces.
Their biggest hits of the night were their singles “BO$$” and “Sledgehammer.” Their dances were well choreographed, the girls never missed a beat, and neither did the fans singing along to the lyrics and mocking the dance moves back to the girls.
The show was a high energy performance; even during slower songs in their sets, the girls were still dancing or swaying along to the beats of their music. Their stage set up was very simple with very little special effects, you really saw the girls for their talent. They danced in perfectly choreographed routines, all while holding high notes and combining their voices in harmony.
Fifth Harmony closed the show out with their hit “Brave, Honest, Beautiful.” During the introduction of the song, the girls were heard over the speakers, but not seen, telling the audience in a speech, “You are brave, you are beautiful, you are worthy.” A powerful message for young women, especially today in a society which still tries to break down girls’ self worth.
The group takes the stage again dancing and singing the song. Halfway through the songs five fans were chosen from an earlier “meet and greet” to dance to “Brave, Honest, Beautiful” as the singers serenaded them.
The end of show finishes on its final notes and confetti raining over the audience. Fifth Harmony was a great show, although their venue was a tad cramped. With the success of this show, there is no doubt that a stadium tour will probably be in this group’s future.