REVIEW: Ne-Yo, Metroradio Arena

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HATS off to titfer-toting chart-topper Ne-Yo: the man knows how to put on a show.

After a rather lacklustre performance from support act Tulisa, Ne-Yo injected some much-need energy into the opening night of his R.E.D tour.

Slick, stylish and sexy, his performance was everything you could hope for from an RnB star.

His trademark hat stayed on throughout the show as the multiple Grammy Award-winner worked his way through his extensive back catalogue including Miss Independent and Closer.

In his charming Southern lilt he encouraged the crowd to sing along to anthemic So Sick which they did in their droves as he performed to a sea of outstretched arms.

For more recent song Beautiful Monster he enlisted the help of a super-lithe dancer who slinked her way around the singer in a bootyliscous white lace cat suit. The star of the show more than held his own in the dance moves department, showing off a Michael Jackson-esque sense of rhythm.

Ne-Yo famously helped to discover Conor Maynard singing covers on YouTube and he brought on the rising star, who had been one of the support acts earlier in the night, for their collaboration Turn Around.

Though Conor’s performance wasn’t quite as polished as Ne-Yo’s, he managed to complement the singer’s tight vocals well.

One in a Million saw Ne-Yo descend into the crowd which gave them the chance to get up close and personal with the star, much to the worried look on the faces of security.

Unlike some male solo singers, Ne-Yo worked his way through a series of dapper outfit changes including a crowd-pleasing tight vest which seemed to get the female gig-goers hot under the collar.

The biggest cheers, however, were reserved for hits Give Me Everything, his collaboration with Pitbull, and Let Me Love You which had the majority of the crowd attempting, and failing, to emulate his dance moves.

No one does it quite like Ne-Yo.

Katy Wheeler