Taylor Swift may not be able to tour because of the pandemic, but she did deliver her City of Lover Concert special to fans on ABC Sunday night. Billboard watched the show, which was filmed last September at Paris’ L’Olympia Theater in front of an intimate audience, featuring songs from Swift’s album Lover. Here are the outlet’s picks for the eight best moments from the show.
- The Triumphant “ME!” Opening. “You’ll never find another like me-e-e!” Swift declared to open the special.
- A Moving, Stomping “Archer.” Before diving into “The Archer,” Swift said that the track “encapsulates the complexity of falling in love.” When Swift pointed out into the crowd and changed the line “Who could stay” to “You could stay,” everyone lost it.
- “Death by a Thousand Cuts” brought to life on guitar. No matter that she had never played the song before — the entire crowd knew every word.
- The “Cornelia Street” explanation. “I think I actually wrote this song… when I was in the bathtub!” Swift mused before playing a stripped-down version of the Lover track.
- “The Man” gets a rapturous response. Midway through the performance, Swift performed “The Man” for the first time, months before the song became an official single.
- “Daylight” plus piano equals chills. If you didn’t get a hint of goosebumps when Swift opened her heart while sitting at a grand piano, and the camera cut to a young fan proudly mouthing along with the words, then you might need to re-examine your Swiftie card.
- “You Need To Calm Down” presented in Technicolor. Following a string of sparser performances, the joyful full-band production of “You Need To Calm Down” made for one of the evening’s most delicious treats.
- A swaying, smile-inducing title track. The special ended with Swift clearly on top of her respective world, performing “Lover” with the word scrawled across her guitar.