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Sunday, November 29, 2009

X FACTOR 8 RESULTS: DANYL JOHNSON SPARKLES AT LIVE SHOW 8! 39 PHOTOS 15 VIDEOS!

November 29, 2009.
Bisexual wonder Danyl Johnson wowed The X Factor 2009 Live Show 8 judges and audience on Saturday night (11-27-09) by performing killer renditions of “Relight My Fire” and “Your Song” during the "Elton John/Take That" Week, in spite of talk in the tabloids that judge Dannii Minogue has grown weary of Danyl’s backstage tantrums and “Diva-like” behavior. And even though London’s The Mirror claimed the contestants were feeling stressed because they now have to sing two songs per show, all appeared to be at ease on the fun-filled Saturday Live Show 8, as well as Sunday’s Results Show 8.
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The paparazzi caught our X Factor finalist Danyl Johnson holding hands with this mystery man while leaving the X Factor studios in Wembley earlier this month! I've never seen Danyl looking so happy! November 2 2009 photo
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Once again, I’d like to take this opportunity to debunk rumors that Danyl Johnson and Lloyd Daniels are having an affair or were caught kissing or playing around. There is absolutely no truth to this gossip. Lloyd is only 16 for God’s sake and, anyway, Danyl prefers guys and girls of a more mature ilk! I receive nearly a thousand hits a day on this blog by people searching for dirt about Danyl and Lloyd playing around, so give it up, guys. Danyl and Lloyd are NOT having a gay affair/relationship! They are just friends!

The 2009 X Factor judges (Simon Cowell, Dannii Minogue, Louis Walsh, and Cheryl Cole) make a fiery entrance at the beginning of the Live Show 8 on Saturday night. 11-28-09 photo

And while I’m at it, I may as well tell you that all the Tweets and Diggs about Olly Murs and Stacey Solomon having a falling out or breaking up are also untrue, as you can’t split up with somebody you’re not even going out with! The British gossip rags print bull about them on an almost daily basis. Saturday's "news" was that Olly had just dumped Stacey. The non-couple shared a good laugh about it after the Results Show on Sunday.

This week, the X Factor website revealed which tunes make The X Factor contestants head to the dance floor to get their groooooove on. For Danyl, they are:
1. "Like I Love You" - Justin Timberlake
2. "Let Me Be Your Fantasy" - Baby D
3. "Love, Sex, Magic" - Justin Timberlake
4. "Shine - Take That"
5. "Slave For You" - Britney Spears

Danyl Johnson rehearses his numbers for the X Factor Live Show 8 Saturday afternoon. 11-18-09 photo

Each finalist had to sing two songs, one from gay icon Elton John’s massive song book and a selection from the repertoire of Take That, one of Britain’s most successful boy bands.

Our favorite 27 year-old Reading school teacher, Danyl Johnson, kicked off the show with his first upbeat song in the pageant, complete with an energetic and sizzling dance number, “Relight My Fire.”

Danyl Johnson gets the X Factor judges' reactions after singing "Relight my Fire." 11-28-09 photo

“What a great start to the show!” Louis Walsh stated. “I’m glad you’ve got your Mojo back! Round one you won!” That Louis is a regular poet!

Although Dannii Minogue said she didn’t like his “body rolls,” whatever that means, she did say it was an “amazing performance!”

Cheryl Cole was beside herself. “I know how difficult it is to sing and dance at the same time and you made it look pretty and effortless!”

Photo of Danyl Johnson at age 9 with his mother Maria Burgess. He hasn't changed one iota!

“You were perfect!” Simon told his protégé. “You’ve proven you can do anything!”

My take: Wonderful presentation! Full of energy without being cocky!

Next up Lloyd Daniels, 16, who reportedly threatened to quit last week after being dissed by the judges, performed his version of the Take That classic “A Million Love Songs.”

Lloyd Daniels sings "A Million Love Songs" at Saturday's Live Show 8 with the help of male backup singers. 11-28-09 photo

Louis Walsh continued his long-running cruel critique of the young Welshman. “I think you’re much improved but you’re still not great.” He also said Lloyd would struggle for votes tonight.

Dannii Minogue told Lloyd, “There’s a million girls out there that want your phone number! You always bounce back. A little off in the verses though.”

Lloyd Daniels tries to take the judges' criticism in stride during the X Factor's Live Show 8. 11-28-09 photo

Simon Cowell remained unenthusiastic. “Look, it was a good choice of song—a teen pop song—and you sang it okay but it was a little bit mechanical. You have to have fire in your eyes.”

Cheryl Cole, Lloyd’s mentor, tried to reassure him. “On your second song, you are going to come out and absolutely show them!”

My take: Good. Sweet. Cute. But not great.

Danyl Johnson tries to keep the bullsh*t off his head with a gossip rag backstage while Lloyd Daniels appears worried about his fate, perhaps with good reason. 11-28-09 photo

Then, with a baby grand piano in the background, 25 year-old Olly Murs performed a heart-breaking version of “Love Ain’t Here Anymore,” melting hearts far and wide, I’m sure.

Olly Murs sings "Love Ain't Here Anymore" on The 2009 X Factor Live Show 8 on Saturday. 11-28-09 photo

“I can’t believe you were in the bottom two last week,” Louis Walsh purred. “I’m glad you’ve got your confidence back. You deserve to be in the finals.”

Dannii Minogue said, “I admire you for getting back on the horse, but the sparkle wasn’t quite in the eyes in that performance.” What? Is she blind herself?

Olly Murs performs karaoke earlier in the week at the X Factor house. 11-24-09 photo

“It was really lovely,” cooed Cheryl Cole. “You’re back in your stride again!”

Olly’s sponsor, Simon Cowell, was enthusiastic. “You did a great job. You emoted the song well.”

My take: Loved it! Nice, clear vocals! I nearly cried.

Danyl Johnson gives the thumbs up sign after getting mostly positive vibes from the X Factor judges Saturday. 11-28-09 photo
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Joe McEdlerry, 18, then tore the house down with a fantastic “Could It Be Magic.”

Joe McEdlerry smiles after getting "magical" feedback from the X Factor judges. 11-28-09 photo
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“Every week you get better and better,” said Louis Walsh. “You deserve to be in the final showdown.”

“You are flying high,” beamed Dannii: “You absolutely smashed it!”

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The thumbs-up sign seems to be catching on backstage at Saturday night's X Factor Live Show 8! Shown here is Joe McEdlerry adding to the mix. 11-28-09 photo
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Simon Cowell said, “It was brilliant! That production was absolutely fantastic!”

Cheryl Cole, Joe’s sponsor, minced no words. “What can I say? It was flawless!”

My take: Clear, powerful vocals! I fear he’s going to win!
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Danyl Johnson smiles for the camera backstage at the 2009 X Factor Live Show 8 in Great Britain. 11-28-09 photo
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The last girl in the show, Stacey Solomon, 20, then proceeded to impress the judges by singing the 2007 hit “Rule the World.”
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Stacey Solomon tries to "Rule the World" Saturday during the Live Show 8 episode of the X Factor talent show. 11-28-09 photo
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“Nothing changes,” said Louis Walsh. “I like you every week. You absolutely did it for me!”

After praising Stacey in her largely undecipherable Geordie accent, Cheryl Cole said, “I’ve got to give you credit for singing a guy’s song, Stacey, as the low notes are not easy. You’re the only girl left. Represent!”


Finalists Olly Murs and Stacey Solomon clown around back stage during the 2009 X Factor Live Show 8. 11-28-09 photo
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Simon Cowell said, “Very believable. Perfect song choice. Better than last week.”

Naturally, Dannii Minogue supported her protégé. “ Amazing performance! You’ve grown from week to week to week.”

My take: Not impressed. She was slightly off tune, especially at the end.

Danyl Johnson arrives for rehearsal. 11-15-09 photo

The second half of the show was dedicated to the music of Elton John.

After surviving two sing-offs, Lloyd Daniel’s “I’m Still Standing” appeared dangerously prophetic, although he gave it his all, strutting around the stage with a gang of cane-wielding dancers.

Looking dapper in a coat and tie, Lloyd Daniels sings "I'm Still Standing" for his second number at the X Factor's Live Show 8 Saturday night. 11-28-09 photo

As usual, Louis Walsh didn’t like Lloyd’s singing. Shaking his head, Louis quipped, “Round two: It just didn’t look like you were having a good time. It was nice but we’re not looking for nice any more. We’re looking for a star.” Ouch!

Dannii Minogue said, “Fantastic production but still shaky vocally.”

“Silly song choice,” Simon Cowell stated. “It wasn’t as good as the first. The retro routine didn’t suit you or the song.”

Lloyd Daniels dons a Beret, an iPod, and a smile backstage at the 2009 X Factor Live Show 8. 11-28-09 photo

Cheryl Cole moved in like a mother hen. “I’m very proud of you for continuing to deliver after such criticism week after week.”

My take: Poor guy was flat, I’m afraid. He’s outa here. Loved the shirtless male dancers, though!

Then our man Danyl Johnson went back to his roots and delivered the Elton John ballad, “Your Song,” backed by a 16-member children’s choir, showcasing his amazing vocal range.

Danyl Johnson gave a golden peformance of "Your Song" during the second half of the 2009 X Factor Live Show 8 Saturday. 11-28-09 photo

“I loved everything about it except the choir!” Louis Walsh exclaimed. “You get criticized week after week but always bounce back. With your voice and looks, you don’t need the choir.”

Dannii Minogue’s praise was tempered, as usual. “Great version, much better that the first song.”

Danyl Johnson spends some time with his backup choir Saturday backstage. The youngsters don't seem to be upset about Louis Walsh's negative comments. Maybe they're all hyped up on sugar! Check out those cans!11-28-09 photo

“You look like you’re back!” said Cheryl Cole, usually Danyl’s strongest critic. “We are seeing the Danyl we first fell in love with at the audition process.”

Simon glowed. “It was sensational! That’s what it’s all about!”

My take: Great! Loved it! Elton John should be marching in a pride parade!

Olly Murs and Danyl Johnson return to the X Factor house after doing some shopping. 11-25-09 photo

After finding himself in last week’s bottom two, Essex resident Olly Murs gave it his all with a spirited rendition of Elton John’s “Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting,” which he characterized as Elton’s “butchest song.”

Surrounded by female body-builder-dancers, Olly Murs sings "Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting" at the X Factor Live Show 8. 11-28-09 photo

Louis Walsh, however, was not impressed. “I like your funny dancing and I like you but something is missing.” Don’t you just hate nonspecific criticism?

“Round one was okay, but round two was an absolute smash!” Dannii Minogue yelled, as the crowd chanted, “Olly, Olly, Olly!”

“I agree with Dannii,” Cheryl Cole declared. “Knock-out performance!”

Olly Murs poses with some fans backstage during The X Factor's Live Show 8 episode. 11-28-09 photo

“Great song. Great performance. You put your heart into it,” Simon said to his student. “I’m very, very happy with you.”

My take: Good job! Enthusiastic and fun! Better than his earlier performance. I even loved the muscular female dancers!

Olly Murs, Stacey Solomon, and Joe McEdlerry continue clowning around backstage Saturday night. Somebody needs to warn them their faces might stay that way if they don't cut it out. Oh, wait. It's too late already! 11-28-09 photo.
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For his second number, Joe McEdlerry delivered a pefect vocal, leaving Cheryl Cole, his mentor, beaming as she watched Joe sing the Elton John classic hit “Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word.”
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Joe McEdlerry smiles at the judges after singing "Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word" for his second number on the X Factor UK 2009 Live Show 8 Saturday night. 11-28-09 photo
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“You already won round one!” Louis Walsh exclaimed: “And with all that perfection, you just won round two!”

Dannii Minogue appeared animated. “There hasn’t been a song sung with more passion!”

“I’m absolutely gob-smacked by that!” stated Simon Cowell. “Beautifully sung! My favorite ever of yours!”

Joe McEdlerry puts crackers over his eyes while joking around in the X Factor kitchen. 11-28-09 photo

“You make me proud to be a Geordie,” mentor Cheryl Cole declared. “You deserve your place in the final.”

My take: Excellent! He just gets better and better. The vocals are ethereal!

Joe McEdlerry and Stacey Solomon with two of the kitchen cooks after what looks like the aftermath of a food fight! 11-28-09 photo

Stacey Solomon wrapped up the evening with her version of the wedding classic “The Way You Look Tonight,” but took it over the edge by lying atop a white sheepskin rug on a grand piano in a red gown.

Louis Walsh said, “I’m not crazy about the song choice but I like you an awful lot.” Who Walsh likes is a bit irrelevant, is it not? I mean, I thought he was looking for a star, not a friend!

Cheryl Cole thought Stacey did well under the circumstances, saying “You looked a bit uncomfortable in parts, but you did a good job.”

Simon Cowell was more to the point. “The song didn’t do you justice.”

Backstage, Stacey Solomon shows off somne of the "perks" of being on X Factor: a free key ring and a mug. 11-28-09 photo

“I really, really loved it,” said Dannii Minogue, coming to her protégé’s defense. “I don’t know what Simon is talking about.”

My take: Rather bland. The theatrics over shadowed Stacey Solomon’s singing.

And so the evening came to an end. My guess is either Stacey Solomon or Lloyd Daniels will get the axe tomorrow night at the X Factor 2009 Results 8 Show. From this point on in the contest, the losers will be determined solely by public vote. The judges will no longer have any say, other than input. And there will be no more bottom two with sing-offs. The finalist with the fewest public votes will simply be eliminated. The poor guy/gal will then repeat one of her/his final numbers from the previous Live Show at the end of the Results Show. Comprende?

The final five contestants share a laugh after performing "I Don't Feel Like Dancing" at Sunday's 2009 X Factor Results Show 8. 11-29-09 photo

Sunday’s X Factor Results Show 8 show kicked off with a bang thanks to the finalists’ upbeat group performance of the Scissor Sisters’ hit “I Don’t Feel Like Dancing.” Sporting colorful, casual outfits, the contestants, bounced around the stage with gusto.

We were then treated to an Alicia Keys medley (“Empire State of Mind,” “Doesn’t Mean a Thing,” and No-one!”) from her fourth studio album, Element of Freedom, due to hit stores December 14, 2009. Sporting a stunning strapless red body suit and silver choker, she received a standing ovation from the audience and the X Factor judges.

Alicia Keys poses with the 2009 X Factor finalists on Sunday. 11-29-09 photo

Then host Dermot O’Leary asked the judges which finalist they thought was at risk. Simon Cowell answered, “Lloyd,” while Dannii Minogue and Cheryl Cole said, “Everyone!” As expected, Louis Walsh put the finger on Lloyd Daniels. “Lloyd’s lovely, but it has to be Lloyd.”

X Factor judges Cheryl Cole and Simon Cowell at Sunday's Results Show 8. Note the red AIDS ribbons they are sporting for HIV awareness. By the way, they are NOT a couple! 11-29-09 photo

Like Alicia Keys, Rihanna got the audience to their feet with her jaw-dropping performance of “Russian Roulette,” from her new album CD Rated R, which dropped November 23, 2009. She looked lovely in a short beige dress with big shoulders, matching gloves, and a red-gold necklace while sitting in a rotating ornate arm chair, a fake white fur coat draped over her shoulders.

Rihanna sings "Russian Roulette" during Sunday's X Factor Results 8 talent show. 11-29-09 photo

It was then time for host Dermot O’Leary to recall the contestants and announce who made it through to next week’s semi-final. “You can cut the tension in here with a knife!” he said. “But it’s time to face the music cut!”

“The four acts through with the most public votes are—in no particular order—the first act through is . . . Stacey Solomon!” Uh oh! It looks like Lloyd’s screwed!

Dermot continued slowly. “The second act definitely singing in next week’s semi-final is . . . Joe McEdlerry!” No surprise there!

X Factor judges Louis Walsh and Dannii Minogue looking good at the Sunday night Results Show 8. 11-29-09 photo

“And the third act returning next week is . . . Danyl Johnson!” Hallelujah! Our man made it through again!

Okay, so now it’s down to Olly Murs and Lloyd Daniels. After more long pauses, Dermot O’Leary went on. “The last act through to the semi-final is . . . Olly!”

So poor little Lloyd Daniels finally got axed. O’Leary then had to ask the obvious question, “How do you feel, Lloyd?”

Host Dermot O'Leary and mentor Cheryl Cole flank Lloyd Daniels after learning Lloyd received the lowest number of votes and would be going home after the Sunday night X Factor Results 8 Show. 11-29-09 photo

Lloyd kept a cheerful-looking face. “I just want to be recognized!” he declared. No problem there, thought I!

Lloyd repeated his Saturday performance of “A Million Love Songs,” a much better choice than his other number, “Still Standing” I thought!

After the show, Rihanna stated that of all the contestants, Joe McEdlerry’s “strong vocals really stood out” for her, a sentiment echoed by many critics.

Danyl Johnson needs our votes. Do what you can to keep his dreams alive. He is a performer extraordinairee and deserves our support! Spread the word! 11-21-09 photo

Next weekend, for the X Factor UK 2009 Live Show 9, we will have the battle of the Final Four and guess what, kids? On Sunday’s December 6th Results Show 9, gay icons Lady Gaga and Janet Jackson will perform! The show will feature Ms. Jackson’s only UK performance of 2009 and Lady Gaga’s first ever peformance of her new single “Bad Romance” on UK television! Be sure to check back for the photos and videos!

Visit Danyl Johnson’s official website and Facebook page. Visit Twitter if you want to get tweeted. Also check out Danyl Johnson’s official X Factor page, where you can hear him sing a rockin’ rendition of “Mustang Sally.” To read all of our posts with more fantastic pictures and videos of Danyl, click here and here.
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Watch The X Factor 2009 Video - Danyl Johnson sings “Relight My Fire” - Live Show 8 (itv.com/xfactor) Season 6 Episode 18 Nov 28, 2009. The X Factor UK 2009: We've not seen it before, but Danyl is going to do an upbeat song. Can the man dance? See more at http://www.itv.com/xfactor:


Check out The X Factor 2009 Video - Lloyd Daniels sings “A Million Love Songs” - Live Show 8 (itv.com/xfactor) Season 6 Episode 18 Nov 28, 2009. The X Factor UK 2009: Vocals can be very exposed during a ballad, so is Lloyd's voice up to “A Million Love Songs”? See more at http://www.itv.com/xfactor:


Watch The X Factor 2009 Video- Olly Murs sings “Love Ain't Here Anymore” - Live Show 8 (itv.com/xfactor) Season 6 Episode 1 Nov 28, 2009. The X Factor UK 2009: Olly fears that he's out of his comfort zone with a love song, but surely he can sing “Love Ain't Here Anymore”? See more at http://www.itv.com/xfactor:


Check out The X Factor 2009 Video - Joe McElderry sings “Could it Be Magic” - Live Show 8 (itv.com/xfactor) Season 6 Episode 1 Nov 28, 2009. The X Factor 2009: Joe's had trouble with the high notes in his first song he sang for X Factor. Can Joe feel the magic? See more at http://www.itv.com/xfactor:


Watch The X Factor 2009 Video - Stacey Solomon sings “Rule the World” - Live Show 8 (itv.com/xfactor) Season 6 Episode 1 Nov 28, 2009. The X Factor UK 2009: Stacey is singing a song written for four men! With some tough low notes, can Stacey Rule The World? See more at http://www.itv.com/xfactor:


Check out The X Factor 2009 Video - Lloyd Daniels sings “I'm Still Standing” - Live Show 8 (itv.com/xfactor) Season 6 Episode 1 Nov 28, 2009. The X Factor UK 2009: In a big performance, Lloyd needs to be lifted up high. Wouldn't be a problem, if he wasn't afraid of heights. See more at http://www.itv.com/xfactor:


Enjoy The X Factor 2009 Video - Danyl Johnson sings “Your Song” - Live Show 8 (itv.com/xfactor) Season 6 Episode 1 Nov 28, 2009. The X Factor UK 2009: Danyl has been stressing over a big note in his Elton John song. Will he be able to deliver “Your Song”? See more at http://www.itv.com/xfactor:


Watch The X Factor 2009 Video - Olly Murs sings “Saturday Night's Alright” - Live Show 8 (itv.com/xfactor) Nov 28, 2009. The X Factor UK 2009: With Elton John's “butchest” (Olly’s word) song, will Olly come out fighting tonight for his place in the competition? See more at http://www.itv.com/xfactor:


Check out The X Factor 2009 Video - Joe McElderry sings “Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word” - Live Show 8 (itv.com/xfactor) Nov 28, 2009. The X Factor UK 2009: Singing his song from the judges houses - Is Joe taking the safe route, or can he prove he’s grown? See more at http://www.itv.com/xfactor:


Watch The X Factor 2009 Video - Stacey Solomon sings “The Way You Look Tonight” - Live Show 8 (itv.com/xfactor) Nov 28, 2009 The X Factor UK 2009: Stacey's stage performance requires her to lie down, restricting her breathing. Can she still sing? See more at http://www.itv.com/xfactor:


Check out The X Factor 2009 Video - The Five Finalists Perform “I Don't Feel Like Dancing!” - Live Results 8 (itv.com/xfactor) Season 6 Episode 18 Nov 29, 2009. The X Factor UK 2009: Waiting for the result, the remaining five acts sing the Scissor Sister favorite, “I Don't Feel Like Dancing!” See more at http://www.itv.com/xfactor:


Watch The X Factor 2009 Video – Rihanna sings “Russian Roulette” from her album Rated R - Live Results 8 (itv.com/xfactor) Season 6 Episode 18 Nov 29, 2009. The X Factor 2009: Alicia Keys treats us to “Russian Roulette from her Rated R album which dropped November 23, 2009. See more at http://www.itv.com/xfactor: video

Check out The X Factor 2009 Video - Alicia Keys: Medley - Live Results 8 (itv.com/xfactor) Season 6 Episode 18 Nov 29, 2009. The X Factor 2009: Alicia Keys treats us to a medley of her songs “Empire State of Mind,” “Doesn't Mean Anything” and “No-one!” from her 4th album Element of Freedom due to drop December 14, 2009. See more at http://www.itv.com/xfactor:


Watch The X Factor 2009 Video - The Weekend’s Results - Live Results 8 (itv.com/xfactor) Season 6 Episode 18a Nov 29, 2009. The X Factor UK 2009: There's no more blaming the judges! The act you decided to send home is... See more at http://www.itv.com/xfactor:


Check out The X Factor 2009 Video - Lloyd Leaves but not before singing “A Million Love Songs” again - Live Results 8 (itv.com/xfactor) Season 6 Episode 18 Nov 29, 2009. The X Factor UK 2009: Lloyd Daniels performs “A Million Love Songs,” as a final farewell after being voted out of the competition. See more at http://www.itv.com/xfactor:

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Saturday, November 28, 2009

FIRST LOOK LADY GAGA TOUR! 15 PHOTOS 17 VIDEOS! MONSTER BALL MONTREAL 11-27-09! SET LIST!

November 28, 2009.
Lady Gaga opened her Monster Ball Tour at the Bell Centre in Montreal Canada yesterday by rising out of a huge glass box while playing a keyboard and singing “Dance in the Dark” to a sold-out crowd of 12,300! It was obvious the Haus of Gaga had been hard at work preparing elaborate sets and costumes to give fans an out-of-the-ordinary concert experience, what she characterizes as “the world’s first multimedia pop-electro opera."
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The Lady Gaga Monster Ball Tour audience was one big throbbing mass as they awaited their pop icon's appearance. 11-27-09 photo
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Even though her management elected not to provide press tickets or allow photographers for the first three stops of the tour, Montreal, Toronto and Ottawa, they couldn’t stop fans from shooting thousands of photos and taking hundreds of videos now flooding YouTube. Today we bring you some of the best, although the quality is not that of professional videos because, after all, they were shot under cover of darkness.

Although Lady Gaga was fashionably late, cheers erupted when the lights finally dropped just before 10 p.m. A giant screen lit up with a futuristic, glowing green grid until Gaga finally showed, long blond hair cascading down her shoulders, a glittery mask around her eyes.

Not one to disappoint, this picture shows Lady Gaga's unique metallic gold outfit complete with mask and shoes. 11-27-09 photo

She opened with one of her new songs, “Dance In the Dark,” from her new album The Fame Monster, before following with a string of tracks off last year's The Fame CD. See the set list below. A dazzling rendition of “Just Dance” found her rising on a platform while playing a keyboard as eight dancers in white bodysuits gyrated on the stage.

“LoveGame,” “Boys Boys Boys,”and “Alejandro” followed with one choreographed dance number after another.

Halfway through the concert Gaga stopped to talk with the crowd, joking and offering positive messages, including, "What matters is you can be whoever the f***k you want no matter what anybody tells you."

Closeup of Lady Gaga's gold mask. 11-27-09 photo

She then took her place at the piano and did a cabaret version of “Poker Face.” Although her only accompanying act, Kid Cudi, was late, he appeared toward the end to help her finish the song.

Earlier she had to forgo the duet of “Make Her Say,” when Kid Cudi was nowhere to be found.

Later, she dedicated the sentimental ballad “Speechless” to her dad, who was in the audience. He appeared more robust after undergoing heart surgery recently.

Next, Gaga donned a gold Cleopatra-inspired outfit, owning the stage. She crawled on top of her piano to perform “Money Honey.”

Lady Gaga removes her gold mask to play the piano. Love the shoes! 11-27-09 photo

After more songs, she brought the audience to a swell by performing her original rendition of “Poker Face,” after encouraging them to join in, which they did with gusto.

During the evening, she slipped and fell a few times, but got back up on the horse and continued, without so much as missing a beat!

There was no shortage of costume changes, natch. She even wore her head gyroscope (orbit) while singing “Eh Eh!”

One of the last things she did was get a tattoo on stage in honor of her father. Check out the bottom video at the base of this post!

Lady Gaga then brought the show to a rousing climax with her new smash hit “Bad Romance.”

Although some Canadian critics said the concert was a little rough around the edges, the fans seemed happy. Check out some of their comments below!

Lady Gaga in one of her many glittery outfits for the Monster Ball performance in Montreal. 11-27-09 photo
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Here’s the official set list:
- Dance in the Dark
- Just Dance
- Beautiful, Dirty, Rich
- LoveGame
- Boys Boys Boys
- Alejandro
- Monster
- So Happy I Could Die
- Teeth
- Poker Face (acoustic)
- Speechless
- Make Her Say (with Kid Cudi)
- Fashion
- The Fame
- Money Honey
- Paper Gangsta
- Poker Face
- Paparazzi
- Eh Eh (Nothing I Can Say)
- Bad Romance
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Lady Gaga gets a huge lift from her Monster Ball dancers. 11-27-09 photo
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From the Fansite gagadaily.com come these early reviews:
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"The concert was so amazing! The set is absolutely incredible – it looks almost 3D, there are tons of screens, and the graphics almost make these sick optical allusions. She sounded amazing – she sang all live and was sensational – her set at the piano was breathtaking. In the end, I was surprised at how good she sounded live, especially with all of the intense choreography. She had such a great interaction with the audience, she had some great lines – she cried, she laughed, it was the whole package, and she took the crowd along with her. Not only was she adorable, cute, and very emotional about her fans and family, she also had some great words of liberation to offer. It was a very ambitious set list and performance, and overall it was great – way better than the Fame Ball tour. Great lights, sound, dancing, and a true performer – everything you would want!"
- Tanner Stanley
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Lady Gaga and her head-dressed dancers get down with the beat in Montreal. 11-27-09 photo
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"I met Gaga during meet & greet. My friends told me she spoke to me longer than anybody! Gaga said I must have been at like 50 shows, but I assured her I am not that crazy, just my 8th show! She laughed. I also mentioned that my friends at GagaDaily told me to say 'hi'. She said that she loved GagaDaily and the fans very much and that it is the only site she looks at to know what the fans are thinking and doing. When I left, I briefly spoke to Gaga's dad, and told him that I had been at many shows and so on. He was very nice, a very regular Joe indeed! And on my way out with a few friends, we bumped into Perez and took some pictures with him."
- GagaFrontRow

Lady Gaga wearing a white outfit with huge shoulder pads that reach all the way to Heaven. 11-27-09 photo
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"Many fans were actually just amazed by the originality of the show and of course by the whole performance. I mean I've waited 8 hours and 1 hours more of waiting was like so worth the entire show. Who cares about kid anyways ... he was late, so ya, passed! Music/sounds was incredible, Lady Gaga's voice was WOW, the dance, her playing piano... EVERYTHING was so good. From the front row I had the chance to see every single details of the show. I was not disappointed at all, and to the almost hundred person I spoke with after, they were all in shock because it was so beautiful. Lady Gaga is a real artist with real talent and that's all that is needed to be said!"
- Ronnie

Lady Gaga and her dancers perform their synchronized routines to the delight of the fans. 11-27-09 photo

"She fell like 3 times and slipped like 10 times. She was like 'the floor is so slippery, I'm falling like a dumbbell runway model!' She was so cute. She cried a lot. Specially during 'Speechless.' The vocals were f*cking amazing. The crowd didn't know the lyrics to The Fame Monster songs! I was like singing alone! And she'd be like 'sing it!' and the crowd would be like 'blah blah blah.' I was disappointed about that. Her costumes were amazing. Specially the one for 'Fashion.' It was a gold suit with this gold hat. Very cool. The stage was like 3D. It was really cool. She talked to us a lot. And during 'Teeth,' she was like monstrously opening her mouth. Choreo was great. She didn't just do hand motions for 'Bad Romance.' She f*cking worked that choreo!"
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Along with the huge shoulder pads, Gaga sported a wig with bangs that seemed to block her vision! 11-27-09 photo

For lots more photos and videos on Lady Gaga click here for our extremely popular post on the 2009 Video Music Awards (VMAs). Click on this link to see pictures and videos from her flamboyant gig on Saturday Night Live (SNL). To watch her perform “Imagine” at the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) click here. To hear her stunning speech at the National Equality March click on this link.

Fans reach out for Lady Gaga in what seems to be an Adam Lambert moment! 11-27-09 photo

For our earlier post today on Lady Gaga’s appearance on the Ellen Degeneres Show, click here: LADY GAGA ON ELLEN 11-27-09! VIDEOS and PHOTOS! Plus Rhap Salazar sings "All By Myself!"

To access Thursday’s elaborate spread on Lady Gaga click on this title: NEW LADY GAGA VIDEOS (INTACT) AMA AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS JAY LENO VH1 FUSE LOGO! BAD ROMANCE SPEECHLESS TELEPHONE! 15 UN-DELETED VIDEOS! 24 PHOTOS PICS! For our recent post about Gaga’s interview on MTV’s It’s On! with Alexa Chung, click here.

Lady Gaga glows in the lights of her Montreal Monster Ball stage. 11-27-09 photo

To watch the official video and see a bunch of photo captures from Gaga’s phenomenal “Bad Romance” video go to this link. For additional “Bad Romance” pictures coupled with fashion commentary, click here.

For data on Lady Gaga’s Monster Ball tour, which began yesterday (Friday, November 27, 2009), go here: LADY GAGA's MONSTER BALL TICKET and TOUR INFO! NEW ALBUM THE FAME MONSTER TRACK LIST! 31 NEW PHOTOS! 11 VIDEOS!

Visit Lady Gaga’s official website, go to her MySpace page, become a fan on Facebook, or follow her on Twitter for all things Gaga.

FYI: Lady Gaga will be on Barbara Walters’ Ten Most Fascinating People on ABC December 9, 2009, along with Adam Lambert!

MORE FYI: Lady Gaga will be performing on the British talent show The X Factor next Sunday at 8 p.m. English time (that's 2 p.m. Central Time for Americans), along with Rihanna. I'll bring you the video(s) that evening, as I report every Sunday night on the popular reality show anyway, mainly because I'm following bisexual crooner Danyl Johnson, who's in a neck-to-neck struggle with Joe McEdlerry for the trophy.
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Watch the first video from Lady Gaga’s The Monster Ball Tour in Monteal 11-27-09:
“Lady Gaga’s Entrance”:


Check out this video of Lady Gaga’s "Introductory Speech" (Lady Gaga’s The Monster Ball Tour in Montreal 11-27-09):


Watch this video of Lady Gaga singing “Dance in the Dark” (Lady Gaga’s The Monster Ball Tour in Montreal 11-27-09):


Check out this video of Lady Gaga singing “Just Dance” (Lady Gaga’s The Monster Ball Tour in Montreal 11-27-09):


Watch this video of Lady Gaga singing “LoveGame” (Lady Gaga’s The Monster Ball Tour in Montreal 11-27-09):


Check out this video of Lady Gaga singing “Boys Boys Boys” (Lady Gaga’s The Monster Ball Tour in Montreal 11-27-09):


Watch this video of Lady Gaga singing “Allejandro” (Lady Gaga’s The Monster Ball Tour in Montreal 11-27-09):


Check out this video of Lady Gaga singing “Monster” (Lady Gaga’s The Monster Ball Tour in Montreal 11-27-09):


Watch this video of Lady Gaga singing “Teeth” (Lady Gaga’s The Monster Ball Tour in Montreal 11-27-09):


Check out this video of Lady Gaga singing “Poker Face” (Lady Gaga’s The Monster Ball Tour in Montreal 11-27-09):


Enjoy this video of Lady Gaga singing “Speechless” (Lady Gaga’s The Monster Ball Tour in Montreal 11-27-09):


Watch this video of Lady Gaga singing “Paper Gangsta” (Lady Gaga’s The Monster Ball Tour in Montreal 11-27-09):


Check out this video of Lady Gaga singing “Poker Face” Original Version Featuring Kid Cudi (Lady Gaga’s The Monster Ball Tour in Montreal 11-27-09):


Watch this video of Lady Gaga singing “Paparazzi” (Lady Gaga’s The Monster Ball Tour in Montreal 11-27-09):


Check out this video of Lady Gaga singing “Eh Eh (Nothing Else Can I Say)” (Lady Gaga’s The Monster Ball Tour in Montreal 11-27-09):


Watch this video of Lady Gaga singing “Bad Romance” (Lady Gaga’s The Monster Ball Tour in Montreal 11-27-09):


Check out this video of the Closing Scene of Lady Gaga Getting a Tattoo in honor of her Dad (Lady Gaga’s The Monster Ball Tour in Montreal 11-27-09):

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