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Bea Miller Keeps THON Anything But ‘Bored’ During Saturday Night Performance

Shortly after THON 2022’s Pep Rally wrapped up at the BJC Saturday night, singer-songwriter Bea Miller took the stage to keep the energy up as dancers inched closer to Sunday morning.

Miller, a former star on The X Factor (US) when she was just 13 years old, opened with a quick bop in “making bad decisions” before taking a moment to address the electric BJC crowd.

“I’m truly honored to be here tonight. What you guys do here is truly beautiful,” Miller said. “Thank you for having me.”

With that, the New Jersey native kept things moving with “forever is a lie” and “Song Like You,” the second of which was a single released by Miller back in 2017. The first of the pair was part of Miller’s recent EP “elated!”, which was released in 2020.

“feel something” came next in Miller’s set. The 23 year-old released that single back in 2019, and it remains to be one of her top listened-to songs. Miller, who is also an actress that actually appeared in Toy Story 3, kept the good vibes rolling with that hit.

After that, Miller picked things up with “like that,” one of the biggest hits from her 2018 album “Aurora.” The BJC’s lights cut out during the song, while some heavy drums started to cut in to the set. Miller took a nice quiet moment at the center of the stage while she belted out the last few notes of the piece. The Nittany Lion was absolutely loving it.

Miller was intent on keeping the energy up at THON from there. Ironically enough, however, the next song on her set list was “bored,” another piece off of her 2018 album. Despite the title, the song’s happy feel and strong pace kept a positive feeling in the BJC and began to get the Saturday night crowd into the swing of things.

If anyone was loose and enjoying their time at THON, it was certainly Miller. In fact, she actually forgot the opening few lines to her own song “hallelujah.” The singer recovered just fine, however, and jumped right into one of the more energetic songs of her set up to that point.

Miller’s guitarist, Mikey, got some shine on the next song, “wisdom teeth.” Towards the end of the performance, Miller noted that Mikey absolutely shredded while the crowd cheered him on.

As the BJC continued to rock its way through the set, Miller hopped into a performance of “outside.” Just before she began to sing, she noted that the piece off of “Aurora” is one of her favorite songs she’s ever written.

Before moving into a couple of slower pieces, Miller jumped and bopped her way through an exciting performance of “i never wanna die.” That song, which was also featured on her 2020 EP “elated!” was a perfect choice before she transitioned into a couple of slower projects, including “it’s not u it’s me,” which features singer-rapper 6LACK.

After one more slow song from there, Miller assured the crowd it was only bangers the rest of the way.

Miller wasn’t lying, as she went straight into a performance of “hate u cuz i don’t,” a song she created alongside Louis The Child. She made it clear that there was one song in the chorus she couldn’t sing in front of her THON audience, and we definitely don’t disagree with her. Check out the lyrics here if you are so inclined.

Up next was “Fire N Gold,” a perfectly fitting song for THON. The exciting and electric vibe served as a perfect singalong for all those who were trying to keep locked in through the late hours of Saturday night at the BJC.

Before her final song, Miller noted she had a couple friends with her that are Penn Staters. With that, she led the crowd in a perfectly executed set of “We Are” chants, even capped off with a “thank you” at the end.

Following the chant, Miller moved to a fantastic performance of “I Wanna Know,” a 2018 NOTD song that she features on. Aside from the song being a perfect ending to her performance, Miller even threw a panda head on from the crowd while she sang. After she took it off, she handed it off to her guitarist for the final few minutes.

After that lovely finish, Miller thanked the crowd and made her way off the stage. With that, Saturday night at THON rolled on.

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About the Author

Will Pegler

Will is a senior majoring in digital and print journalism and is an associate editor for Onward State. He is from Darien, Connecticut and is a lifelong Penn State football fan. He loves a good 80's comedy movie, Peaky Blinders, The Office, and the New York Yankees and Giants. You can catch some of his ridiculous sports takes on his Twitter @gritdude and yell at him on his email [email protected]

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