Justin bieber leaned into its era of change on Saturday Night Live with a surprising – and enlightening – twist on its new hit.
At first, it seemed that Bieber wanted to start his third time on the SNL stage with a song expected in an unexpected way. Accompanied by cello, violin and guitar, the pop star began his first performance of the night inside a giant green cube with a stripped arrangement of "Yummy", his first single from his next album, Changes.
In a black t-shirt and baggy jade trousers that matched the ambience, Bieber kept it simple: he sang through the smooth slow jam with only support strings, but the pop-camera approach took a radio-ready R&B turn, complete with the accompanying choreography was replaced by a team of dancers. A spotlight transformed the cube walls into a backdrop, which extended the shadows of Bieber and his dancers for a mesmerizing look to accompany the final verses of the love song.
The green cube received an update worthy of a nightclub for the new single "Intentions", which made Bieber play with shadows instead of light this time – and again with dancers in tow. Some words selected in the lyrics of the track appeared in neon on the brick wall behind them while Bieber led the serenade, and his collaborator joined him, Quavo, who was very happy to roll over his bars and jump to the beat alongside Bieber for the occasion.
Bieber's Changes is scheduled for February 14th.