93.3 FLZ brings annual Christmas extravaganza to Tampa

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Taylor Hernandez

Jingle Ball headliner Justin Bieber entertains thousands of screaming fans.

Tori Litschgi and Li Stalder, Co-Editors

93.3 FLZ’s 2012 Jingle Ball artists performed at the Tampa Bay Times Forum for thousands of screaming fans on Sunday, December 9. The deafening screams as Tampa’s favorite performers stepped on stage could be heard from miles away. These performers included Walk the Moon, Sean Kingston, Ed Sheeran, Zedd, OneRepublic, Ke$ha, and Justin Bieber.

To start the celebration of the long-anticipated concert, 93.3 FLZ radio personalities hosted a free pre-show outside on the Tampa Bay Times Forum plaza featuring The Ready Set, Bridgit Mendler, and Austin Mahone.

Jordan Witzigreuter, otherwise known by his one-man band’s stage name The Ready Set, entertained the crowd with his most popular songs “Love Like Woe” and “Young Forever.” Shortly after The Ready Set, Disney Channel star Bridgit Mendler took the stage and performed a few songs off her recent debut album, including hit single “Ready Or Not.” Hundreds of pre-teen and teenage girls then awaited Austin Mahone, who sang his singles “Say Something” and “11:11.”  Similar to Jingle Ball’s headliner Justin Bieber, Mahone found fame through YouTube and is in line to be the next “teen heartthrob.”

Fans started to pour into the stadium at 6 pm, taking their seats in anticipation for their favorite artists’ performances. The band Walk the Moon kicked off the show, followed closely by singers Sean Kingston and Ed Sheeran. DJ Zedd continued to keep the audience on their feet by playing a mix of the radio hits.

OneRepublic took the stage after Zedd, ending their fantastic performance with lead singer Ryan Tedder walking through and singing to the overjoyed audience. OneRepublic performed their most well-known songs, including, “Good Life,” “Apologize,” “Feel Again,” and their unreleased, newest single called, “If I Lose Myself.”

Ke$ha then sang all of her famous singles such as “Blow,” “We R Who We R,” and “Die Young,” with her usual touch of attitude and crazy dance moves. Justin Bieber closed the show, singing and dancing the night away to the sound of eardrum shattering screams. Bieber sang a mix of his latest hits, tracks from his Christmas album, and older fan favorites, including “Baby,” “As Long as You Love Me,” “Christmas Eve,” and latest single “Beauty and a Beat.”

Throughout the night, fans were singing and dancing as the artists were performing their favorite hits. Some devoted fans even started to cry as their favorite singers stepped on the stage and performed.

However, one original Jingle Ball artist could not perform on Sunday night. After receiving an invitation to perform for the President at the White House during the exact time of Jingle Ball, PSY graciously arranged to put on a free concert at University Mall on Saturday instead. From wall to wall, a sea of people were packed into the shopping area, waiting for the South Korean YouTube sensation. After arriving a half-hour late, PSY and his backup dancers pumped up the crowd with his hit “Gangnam Style.”

Fans thoroughly enjoyed watching all their favorite performers in one fabulous, Christmas extravaganza. Senior Emily Pollock loved the entire concert. “It was such a fun experience to see my favorite songs performed live. The energetic and upbeat atmosphere and audience involvement added to the excitement.”