Justin Bieber returns to Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines on Wednesday. Learn five random facts about the pop star before his scheduled Iowa appearance. Matt Leimkuehler/The Register
Justin Bieber stopped by Wells Fargo Arena last night to serenade a crowd full of screaming tweens and 20-something Beliebers.
With tickets starting at $55.50, fans were looking for the performance of a lifetime.
Plenty of Beliebers were satisfied with the show.
Others, not so much.
Luke Matthews of Star 102.5 was left unimpressed with Bieber's lip syncing, as stated in his review:
"Bieber was caught multiple times during the song lip syncing including one point where, after picking the microphone up off the stage, he appeared to actually "sing" into the wrong end.
Throughout the night, the lip syncing would continue. It elevated to such a frustrating point because Bieber wasn't hiding what he was doing. He would raise the mic to his lips three or four lines into a verse or pull away before lines were finished. His mic skills during song vocals was inconsistent all evening. This is not to say that Bieber never actually sang. He did sing several songs including a quiet, stripped down performance with him and a guitar on a purple couch at the far end of the stage's diamond-shaped catwalk."
This isn't a new thing for him. He was caught lip syncing not too long ago at the Billboard Music Awards. Pop stars lip syncing during their performances has been a topic of much debate. For those artists, like Bieber, who do more dancing than other vocalists, using a "guide track" with previously-recorded vocals happens more often than not.
The Register's Matt Leimkuehler took notice, too, but fans seemed not to care.
"He let a backing track do some heavy lifting on choreographed songs," he said. "From the [shrieking] of the crowd, it didn't seem like the core of the audience took too much notice."