Indian ‘Beliebers’, who had shelled out thousands of rupees to listen to singer Justin Bieber, said on Thursday that they were appalled when they realised that the teen idol was lip-syncing some of his songs at his Purpose concert.
The 23-year-old singer, who was in India as part of the Asia leg of his Purpose World Tour, is believed to have left the country, contrary to reports that he would visit New Delhi, Jaipur and Agra, said an organiser.
Director Anurag Basu, amongst the many thousands who packed into the D Y Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai on Wednesday, said the singer was “not prepared”.
“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,” Mr. Basu said. Another fan at the event said, “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.”
A couple who had flown in from Pune and paid ₹36,000 per pass said Bieber’s lip-syncing was quite a turn-off.
Bharti Mamgain, a banker who accompanied her 10-year-old daughter Ria to the show, was equally upset. “I wish I had not paid a bomb for this awful concert.”
The Canadian singer faced huge flak on social media as well.
— Samarth Goyal (@SammySamarth) May 10, 2017