Noor Ashikin Abdul Rahman
The New Paper
Sunday, Nov 8, 2015
She is a global phenomenon but Taylor Swift managed to keep a low profile after she landed in Singapore on Thursday night.
She has maintained radio silence for the most of her visit here - no tweeting of clues as to what she might be up to and no sightings at Chinatown, unlike her visit here in 2011.
Last night, Swift kicked off her 90-minute show at the Singapore Indoor Stadium with Welcome To New York, appearing on stage in a green jacket, black bra top and skirt. And shades, which she tossed to the 9,000 screaming fans.
She then shed her jacket for New Romantics, shimmying her hips and strutting down the stage designed as runway to bring her closer to her fans.
A change from her girl-next-door appearance from her Red tour, Swift was mature, sexy and fiery hot as she sang hit after hit from her No. 1 album 1989 - Blank Space, Bad Blood, This Love and Wildest Dreams.
Her sets are nothing short of spell-binding, giving fans a chance to soak in the New York night skyline with her or sharing her trip to the enchanted woods.
She even busted some fight moves on a wooden scaffolding during Bad Blood.
The LED lights were out in full force during I Know Places, from Swift's tube top and skirt combo to the dancers' umbrellas.
Another surprise element was when the runway stage rose above the fans, from where Swift tinkled the keys of her keyboard for old hit Love Story, which she "wrote on her bedroom floor... about two teenagers who fell in love and couldn't be together".
Swift also took time to speak to her fans.
She offered inspirational advice: "It's important for us to remember, with so many ways that people can criticise us, you're not the opinion of someone who doesn't know you or care about you."
There was no special guest but her famous all-girl squad did make an appearance. On video, that is.
Clips featuring her besties Haim, Selena Gomez, Karlie Kloss and Lily Aldridge speaking of their friendship with Swift played in between songs.
They declare themselves "the epic squad", who stick around for each other and are painfully honest among themselves. Her cats Olivia and Meredith also had guest appearances on the clips.
Swift's show was a spectacle from start to finish, closing with a bang with Shake It Off.
Get The New Paper for more stories.