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Natasha Bedingfield Shows There’s No ‘Love Like THON’ In Friday Night Performance

Natasha Bedingfield kept dancers on their toes in an electrifying concert at THON 2023 Friday night.

The British singer-songwriter and Grammy nominee performed at the BJC to encourage dancers to keep their energy high, as she opened with her song “Love Like This” from her 2007 N.B. album before addressing the electrified crowd.

“There is no love like THON,” the singer said as the crows cheered. This is such a wonderful cause. I am so excited to be here.”

The crowd’s wristbands lit up as Bedingfield jumped into her next song, “Single,” the singer’s first single released from her debut 2004 album “Unwritten.” Bedingfield encouraged the crowd to sing along as a guitar rift solo overtook the floor.

Bedingfield followed “Single” off with a crowd favorite: “Pocketful of Sunshine.” This song was released with her album of the same name in 2007 and remains one of her most popular songs. The crowd screamed the lyrics as heavy drums and guitar instrumentals filled the room. Bedingfield shocked the crowd as she sank to her knees and belted out “take me away” as the BJC lit up. The singer finished off with a bow to the crowd.

Surprisingly enough, the singer followed up with two covers: “Blinded by the Lights” by The Weeknd, a perfect song for THON, and “Purple Rain” by Prince. Both covers kept the crowd dancing and singing along as Bedingfield displayed her strong high notes and vocals.

The BJC lights faded to purple as Bedingfield told the crowd “maybe we can change the world.” Bedingfield continued her amazing performance with some head bangs and an awesome guitar rift by the guitarist. Phone flashlights filled the crowd as everyone sang along.

“This whole night is about dancing for a really good cause, so I’m really excited to see some really good moves,” she said.

Bedingfield then jumped right into her next song, “These Words,” from her album “Unwritten.” The singer danced with her drummer, and funny enough, the camera lost her as she crossed the stage to wave to the crowd. She wasn’t lost forever, though, so don’t worry too much. She finished the song with some soft instrumentals.

Bedingfield scared the crowd, as she told the spectators that was her last song. She was kidding, of course.

“Not really, just one more,” she assured the crowd.

The singer had an unexpected performance next with an a capella version of her song “Wild Horse” from her 2004 album “Unwritten.” The singer showed off her powerful vocals as the instrumentals went quiet.

The singer then sprang right into a small verse from another cover of “Lose Yourself” by Eminem, and the crowd screamed with excitement.

And then, finally, the song everyone was waiting for: “Unwritten.” The crowd filled with excitement as Bedingfield sang more impressive high notes. The crowd waved with the singer as the remix version of “Unwritten” played. Pink streamers launched from the stage, and the crowd erupted into more cheers.

“Thank you THON. You’re the best!” she said.

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Gracie Mullan

Gracie is a senior from Delaware County, Pa, studying telecommunications with a minor in English. In her free time, Gracie likes to read, write, and drink coffee. Get in touch with Gracie on her Instagram @gracie.mullan and for more formal inquiries [email protected].

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