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“Neon Lights” tour thrills fans

Four albums and five years into her career, Demi Lovato’s fan base is larger than ever.

Lovato’s concert at the SAP Center on Feb. 11 was packed with digital effects, hair-flips and, most importantly, incredible vocals.

The 21-year-old former Disney star entered the stage by rising out of the floor, performing the hit-single “Heart Attack.”

Her concert was what fans would expect and more. Jonas Brother member Nick Jonas and Glee’s Chord Overstreet both made guest appearances.

Jonas, the show’s music director, joined Lovato on stage to perform three songs, including the romantic “Catch Me.” Overstreet only played guitar during “Made in the U.S.A.”

The highlight of the show was the performance of “Neon Lights,” which turned the stadium into a rave as fans waved glow sticks and their lit-up cell phones in the air.

There was only one costume change and no real choreography, but videos of Lovato accompanied her performances.

Unlike most artists her age, Lovato emotionally connects with her fans.

She gave several brief, empowering speeches during her concert saying, “touring isn’t about dancing and fireworks, but about you and me.”

Lovato recently became a New York Times best-selling author after releasing her advice book “Staying Strong,” which contains supportive one-page messages for each day of the year.

“My favorite part of the show was how she involved the audience throughout her whole show,” said Mark Vandenburg, 23, Modesto.

Fans complained about “Camp Rock” songs, earlier hits “Get Back” and “La La Land,” and song from new album “Demi” not being on the setlist.

Disney’s musical “Camp Rock” was Lovato’s 2008 breakthrough, that she co-starred with The Jonas Brothers.

“Stop the World,” “Got Dynamite” and “The Middle” were not worthy enough to be on the setlist and should have been replaced with more recent songs to improve the show.

Lovato included the singles “Don’t Forget,” “Skyscraper,” “Remember December,” Disney’s “Let it Go,” and closing number “Give Your Heart a Break.”

Jennifer Le, 19, student, has seen five of Lovato’s concerts throughout the years and said this show was the best yet.

“There was more connection between Demi and her fans, and the stage was more extravagant,” Le said.

Thousands of Lovatotics (term Lovato calls her biggest fans) were at the show wearing Lovato merchandise and singing along with most of her songs.

Opening acts Little Mix and Fifth Harmony succeeded in pumping up the crowd for Lovato, who proves to be a talented artist with staying power in the industry.

She is better at entertaining a crowd with her voice and personality compared to her contemporaries, Miley Cyrus and Selena Gomez.

Lovato might become the next Kelly Clarkson or P!nk as she continues to make hits that relate to people and not be another tool for music producers to objectify.

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