Live: John Legend and Keri Hilson

2009-10-16 08:37
John Legend: Live in SA
Check out fab photos from the concert here.
Watch Keri Hilson live video: here.

Keri takes her sexual frustrations out on SA
Whoah, Keri is some kind of hot, especially with a mic stand between her legs. Now don't go freaking on me for turning her into a sexual object, she managed that just fine on her own!

But that's simply her sell. She's a great songwriter with a great voice, but it is clear Keri is just loving the limelight, and don't forget, she knows she's hot. So why shouldn't she flaunt it. Keri broke open the show with her and Timbaland's hit "The Way I Are" with some just as ferosh-looking back-up dancers. Gold sequined jacket, gloved hands and shades show that she takes her showmanship as seriously as she does her songwriting.

"Slow Down" saw Miss Keri Baby ride her mic stand and fondle her crotch – and not in a MJ kinda way. This girl needs to get a man. But the crowd was just eating her up! And let's not forget her ostentatious introduction: "Hello Mother F***ing Africa!" followed by about seven "Molo sisi" quips. A bit lame, but this is her first time in SA, and her first big tour, so we'll let it slide.

Keri closed with her current radio rash "Knock You Down" and after only 30 minutes on stage, made way for the real reason we were all there.

Play it one more time, John
Last night, John Legend saved a lot of relationships.

Some see the piano playing smoothie as the celeb who snubbed them for an autograph. Others prefer him as a player, they like thinking he's singing to them, even if he is taken. But above all, he’s a show man and a crooner who leaves you buckling your knees for more.

Unusually brave, John started the concert in the middle of the crowd singing Bob Marley's "Redemption Song". As the spotlight came down on him, he was mauled by a pack of pink fingernails and clicking cellphones. And he didn't seem to mind at all! Being a ladies' man is definitely a plus for him.

Just like magic, he appeared on stage from behind a cloud of smoke to show off his strut and his style. More enormous sneakers round off his rather tight, uh, revealing all-black outfit which you see less and less of as the night goes on. He's such a tease; from stripping off layer after layer to saving the best songs for last, the crowd turned into a big pile of tears, screams and dreams right in between the keys under his amazingly talented fingers. When he invited his fan Anastacia on stage to have a little slow dance with him during "PDA", every girl would have killed to be her.

Sure he's a talented musician and singer, but his show is even slicker than his moves. Besides for a little mic feedback during "Everybody Knows", the more than 90 minute set played out like a Hollywood love story.

The green lights on stage started flickering, and you knew what was coming. John delivered an energetic performance of his hit with Outkast’s Andre3000 and then, said goodbye. What? No "Ordinary People". The crowd started screaming, followed by a banging drum solo. After a few minutes, the Legend stepped out in a dapper white jacket, took his place behind the piano and told us what we'd been waiting to hear all night. "Girl I'm in love with you / but this ain't the honeymoon... ". The crowd filled in most of the "Take It Slow" choruses and it was the most beautiful, on key rendition from a crowd I've heard yet. Cape Town, you can sing! In one song, all the relationship sins of the world were forgiven.

If you want a little R&B, a little PDA, a little perving over a very good looking man, then you need to see this man sing for you.

John Legend and Keri Hilson may have performed in Cape Town on the same stage, but that's about as tight as the pair ever got. Both artists made it very clear that they were separate, and were hardly ever spotted together. So hey, we're giving them the same treatment – two separate reviews. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

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