What do the Dubai Airshow and Katy Perry have in common? Aside from an awful lot of air miles, we aren’t quite sure. A typical Katy Perry concert is filled with screaming teenagers, so the American singer’s appearance at the rather formal annual gala dinner was a surprise for many of the guests, who were largely from an aviation background.
Picture this: a burly fighter pilot and Royal Air Force commander dancing along to Teenage Dream and California Gurls. Hard to imagine, right? But that’s exactly what we witnessed.
Once the pop princess took to the stage to belt out her hits, everyone in the crowd seemed to join in – and that everyone included the likes of tennis star Caroline Wozniacki. The 31-year-old singer graced the stage in a sparkly leotard, fishnet tights and thigh-high leather boots. Channelling her inner Wonder Woman, Perry opened the show with her hit single Roar, following it up with Hot and Cold and Last Friday Night – all lively, pop tunes that got the crowd dancing and the men loosening their bowties. Perry even won over more unsuspecting attendees with her Californian charm, stopping a number of times during the show to pick out anyone she thought wasn’t having fun. “There are a lot of parents here tonight, whose kids are very angry that they aren’t here,” Perry yelled to the crowd. “They don’t know what a Boeing is, but they know what a Katy Perry is. Don’t let those children down, do it for them – have fun!”
One lucky British RAF personnel was serenaded by Perry and even managed to get up close with the star when she came down to meet him in the crowd.
During the 90-minute set, Perry showed off her impressive vocals and moves, with dancers lifting her high above the crowd. Perry’s famous sharks even joined her on stage (the costumed dancers became an internet sensation during their Super Bowl performance earlier this year, thanks to their awkward moves), which made for comic viewing and went down a storm with the older crowd. The singer closed the show with a performance of her song Firework as a firework display lit up the Dubai sky behind her. (Sssh, just don’t
tell the kids.)
The bottom line
A fun-filled, pop performance that hit all the right notes.