Taylor Swift lights up St. Paul with 'breathtaking' shows during 3-night takeover


Taylor Swift spared nothing in her three-night takeover at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul this weekend.

The superstar performed for three sold-out crowds of 15,000 as part of her 1989 World Tour, saying her love for Minnesota was why she decided to spend three nights in St. Paul, KARE 11 says.

Besides Los Angeles, St. Paul was the only city on the tour to have more than two shows.

City Pages called her a "give-it-all performer" from the start of Friday night's show, noting she spared no expense to put on the spectacle – she gave the crowd light-up bracelets, telling the crowd she wanted to "see everyone all the time – I really love seeing you."

The bracelets lit up in different colors and were synchronized to Swift's music, KARE 11 notes.

The Star Tribune said it was one of the many clever production touches throughout her stint at the Xcel that included "so much light," noting she "glows with enthusiasm" when playing – from her first song, "Welcome to New York", to the the last note of her hit "Shake It Off".

Each track – nearly all of which were from her latest album "1989" – was presented as "its own small slice of theater", the Pioneer Press says, complete with costume changes and "acrobatic backup dancers" on her "amazing stage."

The one disappointing aspect of Swift's St. Paul shows was the lack of celebrity guests – something she's done at the majority of other cities on her tour.

But the Pioneer Press says that "was perfectly fine," noting another star would have "killed the momentum of one of the most breathtaking, jaw-dropping arena shows the Twin Cities will see this year."

The 25-year-old pop star’s latest album, “1989,” sold 3.6 million copies in 2014, Forbes says – making her one of just three artists with a platinum album last year.

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