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Shayne Ward steals fans’ hearts with 11-song performance in Hanoi

Wednesday, November 21, 2018, 17:17 GMT+7
Shayne Ward steals fans’ hearts with 11-song performance in Hanoi
Shayne Ward sings at the “Live for Love Concert 2018” in Hanoi on November 20, 2018. Photo: Tuoi Tre

English singer Shayne Ward made a surprising appearance, alongside several Vietnamese singers, in his return to the Southeast Asian country at a music event in Hanoi on Tuesday night.

“Live for Love Concert 2018,” the music event that was delayed twice in October, finally took place at the Vietnam National Convention Center at around 8:00 pm.

The highlight of the concert was the moment Shayne Ward appeared from the end of the auditorium while singing “No Promises,” the hit single in his 2006 debut album.

Although the English singer is no longer catching the spotlight of the world’s music industry, he was still greatly received by the Vietnamese audience with applause and cheers during the fully-packed music night.

The concert should have been named “Shayne Ward and Friends” as the 34-year-old singer treated the audience to 11 songs, whose names his fans at the Vietnam National Convention Center could easily tell right after hearing the very first notes.

Ward enthralled his audience with both his voice and friendliness as he spent a lot of time interacting with them, even taking fans onstage to sing along during his performance.

“Previously, I sang for my fans, but now I sing for you here and also sing for my love for my two little daughters,” Ward said at the concert.

Shayne Ward sings at the “Live For Love Concert 2018” in Hanoi on November 20, 2018. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Shayne Ward sings at the “Live for Love Concert 2018” in Hanoi on November 20, 2018. Photo: Tuoi Tre

The enthusiasm and love fans gave Ward on Tuesday night show that they came to see his performance not because of his reputation but because of their love of music and the desire to find sweet memories associated with their youth, when the English singer had emerged as a global phenomenon with many great love songs.

Shayne Ward rose to fame as the winner of the second series of The X Factor in 2005. His debut album "Shayne Ward" in 2006 spawned the hit singles "Stand by Me" and "No Promises."

He continued to make more hits including "Until You" and "Breathless" in the follow-up album in 2007. After a three-year hiatus, his later albums underperformed and saw him turn to an acting career.

Before “Live for Love Concert 2018,” Shayne Ward had performed in Vietnam at different events.

Ward shared last night’s stage with many Vietnamese singers, who treated the audience to a colorful music party filled with emotions of love, in order to deliver the message “Live for Love.”

However, the performances were basically the same as those in other events, with the singers taking turns come to the stage and sing their songs.

Fans also expressed disappointment that there was nothing like a duet between Shayne Ward and Vietnamese singers as they had expected.

The concert's backdrop remained unchanged through the show, no matter which singers were onstage.

A lack of connection between the performances just prevents the concert from being as lively and high-spirited as it could be, according to some critics.

Shayne Ward wears Vietnam’s non la (conical hats) at the “Live For Love Concert 2018” in Hanoi on November 20, 2018. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Shayne Ward wears Vietnam’s non la (conical hat) at the “Live for Love Concert 2018” in Hanoi on November 20, 2018. Photo: Tuoi Tre

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