Last night may have been titled the Q102 Jingle Ball 2012 presented by Xfinity, at Wells Fargo Center, but it was definitely Bieber Fever Night, as the singer made his second appearance in the Philadelphia area in a matter of one month. Justin Bieber hit the red carpet via skateboard. He posed for about a minute or two, and then he was off to do his concert. [SEE: Justin Bieber Jingle Ball concert pics.] Unfortunately for our friends on the local news, he passed them by. (NBC 10’s Christine Maddela, left, snaps photos, as 6 ABC’s Alicia Vitarelli tries to get an interview.)
Below: Bieber fans were out in force to show their love for the newly single songster. When I wasn’t photographing the fans, I was backstage catching all the action on the red carpet.
Below: Q102’s Maxwell, Romeo and “Nik the Web Chick” Nicole Michalik.
Below, left to right: Drew Brown, Ryan Tedder, Brent Kutzle, Eddie Fisher and Zach Filkins, of OneRepublic. The American pop rock band from Colorado Springs became hugely popular on MySpace before they got signed. Yesterday, they toured the historic sites of Philadelphia, had lunch at McGillins and said they went fairly unnoticed leaving the Omni Hotel because The Wanted had Lindsay Lohan in tow and most fans were chasing them. Wanted singer Max George is rumored to be romancing the Lilo train wreck these days.
Below, left to right: Tom Parker, Siva Kaneswaran, Max George, Jay McGuiness and Nathan Sykes of The Wanted.
Below: Singer Cher Lloyd, who rose to fame when she finished fourth in the seventh series of The X Factor in the UK, reacts to a question from a fan on the Q102 website. I imagine it’s the same face she gave when a fan, later in the evening, confused her with X Factor judge Cheryl Cole. Lloyd then stated to the rest of the fans waiting in line, “Do I look like f’ing Cheryl Cole?”
Below: Lloyd did look chic and stylish on the red carpet though.
Below: Another awesome group who found fame on YouTube: Amy Heidemann and Nick Noonan of Karmin chat with Q102 fans via the Internet. The set-up was conveniently located next to my space on the red carpet.
Below: What are your thoughts on this outfit? Kinda space age, spandexy? Amy Heidemann of Karmin.
Below: My niece Kelsey is at school right now bragging to her friends that I breathed the same air as Ed Sheeran, her new crush since now she doesn’t think she’ll have a chance with Bieber, as he’s still hooked on that Selena girl.
Below: Although she didn’t perform, I spotted Jade Starling backstage. Jade tells me her “Dance Revolution” song will be dropping this month. Can’t wait! I’ve heard it already, and I want to own it.
Below: Jordan Witzigreuter, of The Ready Set.
Below: Park Jae-sang, better known by his stage name PSY, is a South Korean singer, songwriter, rapper, dancer, and record producer. His hit “Gangnam Style” was overlooked for a Grammy nomination.
Below: YouTube sensation Ryan Beatty made an appearance. There seems to be a trend here at the Jingle Ball. Singing shows and the Internet are definitely the new avenues into showbiz.
Below: Olly Murs.
Below: Ryan Follese and Nash Overstreet of Hot Chelle Rae.