Pop superstar Demi Lovato threw a one-of-a-kind homecoming party on Saturday. The singer and actress, who was raised in Dallas, performed at a fan’s house in Southlake for the final stop on her House Party Tour.
The tour, designed to promote her new single, “Sorry Not Sorry,” took Lovato to fans’ homes in six major cities across the country to perform her latest music. (A heads up to listeners: There's explicit language in the new song.)
“The music video [for ‘Sorry Not Sorry’] is a giant house party, and we wanted to keep this fun,” Lovato said. “So we thought, what better way to launch this single than to have a house party tour?”
This was an actual house party, hosted by iHeart radio contest winner Alexis Weekly, 18, and her family. (Each stop on the tour was at a local contest winner’s home).
“I love Demi Lovato,” said Weekly, who graduated from high school and is taking a gap year. She stood on her front driveway in a balmy 85 degrees as she waited for Lovato to arrive. A bright royal blue Jaguar convertible sat by the curb, blasting “Sorry Not Sorry” on loop, and the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders lined up by the door to greet Lovato.
“I’m so excited, I can’t wait for her to get here,” Weekly said. “This is my sixth time meeting her... The last time I got to meet her it was backstage, so I got to go to her dressing room. And now, her dressing room is my room. That’s so cool; like... wow.”
There was a laid-back, casual, intimate vibe to the night. Guests mingled in the backyard and waded in a brightly-lit pool. One could almost think it was your average house party, except for the scope of the invite list. Two hundred of Weekly’s closest friends and family members made it out for the event. Cars lined the streets for five blocks from the house.
Entering to the triumphant brassy opening of her song “Confident,” Lovato performed a short set including last summer’s hit, “Cool for the Summer.”
Of course, the focus of the night was on “Sorry Not Sorry.” Large, silver balloons spelling out “SNS” framed a makeshift outdoor stage by pool, and guests sported snapbacks emblazoned with the song title.
“What inspired my single is the haters,” Lovato said. “I started writing this song, and it kind of took a meaning of its own... It’s an anthem for anyone who has haters.”
“My music is there to help people through tough times, to help take their mind off of whatever it is that’s going on in their daily life, and to have fun,” she said.
During the party, Lovato told the crowd how she was especially excited to be in Dallas, to visit her childhood home and party with her fellow Texans -- in steamy Texas weather, to boot. Afterwards, she even had a quick recommendation for local eats.
“I like to go to Southlake Town Center,” Lovato said. “I love going to Mi Cocina in there -- it’s my favorite.”