Kelsea Ballerini Stops Show, Asks About Taylor Swift Eras Tour Opener – Billboard
“Kelsey Ballerini is all of us,” TikTok fans commented this weekend when the country singer paused her show to ask if anyone was following Taylor Swift’s Eras tour on Saturday night (March 17) – while Ballerini was in the middle of her own performance.
“Can I just talk to you for a minute?” Ballerini asked a crowd in Atlantic City, New Jersey. “Anyone following The Eras Tour? Has it started?
“After that, I will deal with it,” she promised, “but I have one question. Is Cruel Summer on the set list?
Fans of both artists, who must have had one eye on the Ballerini stage and the other on their phones, following live updates since the start of Swift’s tour, delivered the good news: “Cruel Summer” is finally the time to shine on The eras. Tour. Beloved the favorite had never before been performed in public live by Swift, who toured for the last time before the album’s release. Swift performed the song live at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.
“Wow,” Ballerini said festively. “This is my Super Bowl, gotta be honest.”
BillboardThe show’s review noted that “Cruel Summer” received “a full stadium show treatment, complete with a raised platform, backup dancer and Swift, who presented a diamond-encrusted jumpsuit with matching high boots. For both the fans present and for Swift herself, this song seemed like an exhalation – this tour was finally happened, and this flawless song, which at that time was three and a half years old, was finally performed.
Watch Ballerini’s Cruel Summer registration via TikTok.