The annual Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show is set to air in just one day’s time, and while many will likely tune in to see more than 50 models strut their stuff on the runway and showing off elaborate designs by the lingerie brand, the entertainment for this year’s show is also worth watching.
After plans to have Katy Perry perform at the show fell through due to her being denied a visa by the Chinese government, following her show in Taipei, Taiwan in 2015, where she adopted a set that was heavily decorated with sunflowers for a number, a major incident at the time due to the flower’s adoption as an emblem of the Sunflower Student Movement, the annual event was forced to find new performers. According to People Magazine, they later found them in Harry Styles, Leslie Odom Jr., Miguel and Jane Zhang.
“We started booking our musical guests months ago when Harry Styles, International superstar, signed on,” Ed Razek, the show’s executive producer told the publication in a statement. “Also appearing are Grammy award-winning artist Miguel, Tony award winning star of ‘Hamilton’ Leslie Odom. Jr., and Chinese sensation Jane Zhang. We are incredibly thrilled to have them with us.”
In addition to Perry being denied a visa and being unable to perform at the show, which was held in Shanghai, several models were also unable to attend when they too were denied entry by the Chinese government. Among those denied entry were Gigi Hadid, Julia Belyakove, Kate Grigorieva, Irina Sharipova and Dasha Khylstun.
Being a performer at the Victoria’s Secret show can be considered a huge deal, as several other top performers have done so over the years. 2016’s show in Paris was headlined by Lady Gaga, who was joined by Bruno Mars and The Weeknd, who also performed at 2015’s show in New York with Rihanna and Selena Gomez. Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran and Ariana Grande also have performed, headlining the 2014 show in London.
As for 2017’s performers, Styles initially found fame as a part of One Direction, before becoming a solo artist when the band broke up. Odom Jr. is best known for his role as Aaron Burr in the smash Broadway musical, and Miguel is known for several songs including “Adorn. “ Zhang found fame after placing third in the Chinese signing contest “Super Girl” in 2005.
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