Tuesday, December 4, 2012

‘Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show’ at risk of becoming a generic pop music concert

A year ago, I expressed a concern that the annual “Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show” was at risk of becoming just a run-of-the-mill pop music concert with supermodels as eye candy.
Last year’s show featured musical performances by Maroon 5, Nicki Minaj, and Kanye West with Jay-Z that overshadowed traditional aspects of the program.
Music has always been an important part of the show along with the crazy spectacle of themed lingerie costumes, dancers and wonderful set design.
About half of the models’ runway walks traditionally have been set to recorded music (often great D.J. mixes) and the rest were set aside for one, or maybe two, live music acts. But now the scales have tipped in favor of live music performances.
Last year’s show got great ratings so the producers used the same formula this year. The 2012 “Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show” features performances by Rihanna, Bruno Mars and Justin Bieber. It airs tonight on CBS at 10 p.m. EST.

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