On July 19th, Simon Cowell’s latest creation, PRETTYMUCH, brought their FOMO tour to Washington, DC, performing at the acclaimed DAR Constitution Hall. Forming in 2016, brought together by boy band creating genius Simon Cowell, it took little to no time for PRETTYMUCH to skyrocket to stardom amassing more than 150 million plays on Spotify alone as well as over 4 million listeners a month.
Upon scanning the crowd, it was easy to tell most of the audience was under 16 and very reminiscent of the audience you would see at a One Direction concert. Opening the show was Mackenzie Ziegler, known on stage as ‘Kenzie’, a Dance Mom’s alumni and Nickelodeon kid star. Ziegler, no stranger to the stage, performed songs mostly from her second full length album “Phases”, exciting the younger half of the audience, the youngest being somewhere around 5.
There’s something I find incredibly appealing about boybands who can dance in unison but also keep up connecting with the audience. PRETTYMUCH did just that, that perfect balance producing screams from the teenage girls desperate for a smile or even better, a touch, from the five boys gliding across the stage. The boys, although not having released a full length LP, performed just about all of their singles and songs across their discography. The show was over at an early 9pm, much to the dismay of the girls but pleasure of the parents bringing their children to the city for the show. I thought the show was more than enjoyable and found myself in the same boat as the teenage girls, wanting more.