The fiery Bebe Rexha came to let it rip, and she certainly did – literally – splitting her black, skintight liquid pants seconds into her opening number at Atlantis’ New Year’s Eve extravaganza, Party Like a Royal, at the resort’s poolside Royal Deck. But trust me, she didn’t let that split pant slow down her performance.
She opened with the song “Me, Myself & I” by G-Eazy, and during just her second dip, she felt those pants give way, and simply announced what happened – “Bahamas, I just split my pants” – and kept it moving until a member of her entourage presented her with a sweater which they tied around her waist to ensure her modesty. Without missing a beat, she kept on with her performance.
Now, mind you, Bebe Rexha – who is known for her performances that are full of dips, bends and shakes – continued with the sultry performances she’s known to deliver with that sweater around her waist. But as she moved, you were able to notice the slight rip that she started out with ripping even more, and by the end of her set, two minutes before the midnight hour, that pant was barely hanging on, having continued to rip through her performance of a number of songs including chart-topper “The Monster” by Eminem and Rihanna, and her record-breaking hit “Meant to Be (featuring Florida Georgia Line)” which sent the crowd into a tizzy before an amazing fireworks display erupted from the Royal Towers and the water.
Prior to Bebe Rexha’s turn onstage, violinist Lindsey Stirling, who is known for her groundbreaking vision of cinematic, violin-driven electronic music, brought her dramatic performance filled with dancing – part aerobics, part gymnastics and contortions that saw her skipping, jumping and kicking her way around the stage. It was a riveting performance from the electronic impresario who played her violin with the musical backing of a drummer and keyboardist.
Junior New System of “America’s Got Talent” – the all-male hip-hop dance group who competed on both “Asia’s Got Talent” and “America’s Got Talent”, and won gold at the 2016 World Championships of Performing Arts, kicked off the evening a mere 30 minutes after the doors opened with an amazing display of dance moves and flips – including doing their routine in high-heeled shoes.
The New Year’s Eve extravaganza was hosted by DJ Tony Okungbowa, who was the resident DJ on “The Ellen Degeneres Show” for a 10-seaon run.
The Royal Bahamas Police Force Marching Band also made an appearance and held their own during the evening with their delivery of the “Cupid Shuffle” – twice – to the delight of the thousands present at the party.
The evening was capped off with a spectacular fireworks display to ring in 2020; but prior to the Party Like a Royal Extravaganza, the Jonas Brothers jumpstarted the New Year’s celebrations at the Atlantis on Monday, December 30 with a performance in the Imperial Ballroom. The performance marked 10 years since the Jonas Brothers’ previous concert and fifth time performing as part of the Atlantis LIVE series.