Indian promoters sunk $4 million into bringing Justin to their country for the first time. Complete with a private jet, party bus and red carpet treatment, the event was destined to be a huge spectacle. But the promoters probably weren’t banking on the kind of headlines that have surfaced after the concert.
“I would have been happy if he would have sung all songs live. He only sang four songs live. An artist of his calibre should sing live. He was not prepared,” movie director Anurag Basu said in an article from an Indian news service.
The same outlet talked to fans at the event, who said that Justin’s performance didn’t stack up well against other big international acts: “I attended Coldplay’s concert and I think that was much better than this. Justin’s performance was low on energy and the worst part was he was lip-syncing to many of his songs.”
“It’s quite clear that he is not singing these songs,” another concert-goer said after revealing that he and his wife paid 36,000 Indian Rupees each for the show. A mom with her 10-year-old daughter expressed her own regrets about paying for the concert: “I wish I had not paid a bomb for this awful concert.”