Cody Simpson made the girls swoon – well, all but one – and danced with pal Justin Bieber when his Paradise tour rolled into Los Angeles on Friday night (June 14). The 16-year-old treated his adoring Angels at Club Nokia to an eclectic but always entertaining set that showcased the Australian’s easy charm and undeniable talent but also the fact that he is still a work in progress. All the ingredients of a great pop star are there but the surf enthusiast hasn’t quite found his sound yet – jumping wildly from acoustic guitar-ballads to slick dance-pop.
One of the least enjoyable aspects of the show was the half-hour wait between the final support act and the first glimpse of Cody. That time was filled with some backstage footage and an awkward appearance from the star’s sister but the crowd grew restless and only perked up again when pics of the heartthrob in a wetsuit plastered the video screens. When Simpson finally arrived, he gave his all. Opening with “Be The One”, the teenager danced up a storm in a snazzy vest that showed off his bulging biceps. Girls screamed. A lot has changed since “iYiYi”. More »