It’s that time again in which two fairly recent performances by either One Direction, Panic! At The Disco or Fall Out Boy are unlawfully paired together to ultimately determine which performance wins stylistically and musically. Round 2 and its two performances coming from One Direction of song ‘History’ and its the Late Late Show battling against Jimmy Kimmel.
The first point that I believe should be covered is which performance is more visually appealing. This essentially includes the staging, scenery and even lighting. By far the most pleasing performance to the retinas is One Directions performance over on Jimmy Kimmel. The breath taking visionary provided by the Birdseye view and wide shots, proved this prominent point instantly gloriously showing off the staging setup. Paired with the audience structure, which depicts two puzzle pieces being connected together, in unison with the song being sung, this simply is the definition of faultlessness. Again the surroundings and bold, bright lights enhance this performances magnificence even further. Compared to the boys performance over on The Late Late Show, which can be seen to be set in rather low light, mellow conditions with a tinge of auburn orange circular lights, made me feel like I was wearing sunglasses at points which lacked visually.
Next up is the atmosphere on both locations of the two most recent performances by One Direction before their hiatus. Honestly for me this was extremely hard to judge, therefore coming to the conclusion that even though the setting and location for the Jimmy Kimmel performance was set in a more open concert like environment and oppositely The Late Late Show in a more confined, enclosed location, the atmosphere seemed neutral between the two. The two main factors that helped me determine this decision was for the first performance, even though at the very beginning of this specific song when being performed live, the boys clap in synchronisation because the audience and location capacity was significantly larger than the second performance, this did seem to effect the audiences participation and interest in joining in clapping and to some extent singing. In comparison the other performance proved that even to the style of performance was totally different, this was effective within audience participation.
The penultimate part of anything musical is vocals. So the best performance vocally goes to the strong vocal performance on Jimmy Kimmel. The unison and harmony of the four voices during the chorus was strong and complementary to one another which made the vocals crisp and precise. More high notes curtesy of Liam were hit all at the right moments in correlation to the original song which allowed for a great vocal performance. Similarly to the rival of the previous performance, again the chorus was effortlessly executed however it didn’t seem to live up to the expectations of the other performance with the individual solo part not depicting to be as vocally strong.
For any successful performer, artist or band, this next element is an absolute essential. Stage presence and stage arrangements. During the Jimmy Kimmel performance, it came across that Harry, Louis, Niall and Liam had stronger stage presence due to the fact that they individually had the ability and freedom to move freely on stage impacting them conveying their individual existence, therefore creating stage presence. However on The Late Late Show the close grouping of the bands staging arrangements were just to clean cut, perfect and organised consequently slightly lacking within their stage presence for this specific televised performance.
Last but not least, is the strategy used to connect with fans in the crowd at live music performances which is of course audience interaction. First performance and on several occasions Harry and Liam being the prominent people in this scenario, acting upon this element by consistently going up to fans embedded in the audience. Although, this is a different story crossing over to The Late Late Show performance, even though there were countless fans scattered around the band and behind the cameras in the audience, no footage of audience interaction was seen.
Overall, taking into account all the positives and negatives of these two One Direction ‘History’ performances, from my point of view the outstanding winner goes to the boys performance on Jimmy Kimmel every aspect met the criteria for a successful, stand out performance.
If you have or haven’t watched these two performances, links will be down below. Let me know if you are agreement with myself or if you much preferred the performance on The Late Late Show.
Links available on YouTube for both of the performances featured in this blog post:
The Late Late Show – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=URfdQrNnQ3Q&edufilter=na&safe=active