On Wednesday night, Sean-Michael Gore will attend his very first concert: the Justin Bieber show in Greensboro.
The 10-year-old “Belieber” from Belmont will watch almost all of the performance from a seat in the crowd next to his father. But for one particular Bieber song – a Euro-disco track titled “Children” – Gore and three other children will join the pop star up on stage for a hip-hop dance routine.
Gore was among the winners of an online dance competition that has put four kid dancers in the spotlight for that song in each of the 46 cities Bieber has visited so far on his Purpose World Tour. (The names of the other three children participating in the Greensboro concert have not been made public.)
“Me and my dad, we were just looking up things on YouTube, then that contest popped up,” says Gore, a fan of Bieber’s since age 3.
Here’s the YouTube video they saw:
“And so we said, ‘Why don’t I answer it?’ We thought I could do it because the choreography, it was short, so it would be easy,” says Gore, who learned the routine in an hour then practiced it for three days. “Once I perfected it, we filmed it.”
Here’s Gore’s submission, which includes footage his parents had of him playing Bieber’s song “U Smile” on the drums when Gore was 4 years old (he starts showing off his dance moves at 1:46 of this video):
“Then we sent it in, and we waited,” Gore says. “When we got the email, we were screaming as loud as we could, because that’s when we figured out that I was gonna be dancing with Justin Bieber!”
Here’s a clip from an earlier show on the tour, to give you an idea of what Gore’s in for Wednesday night:
Performing on stage in front of a crowd is nothing new for Gore, though. The rising sixth-grader at Cramerton Middle School in fact drums, sings and dances in a musical group of his own, along with older brothers Herman (15, a keyboard player) and Edwin (13, a guitarist).
It’s true, Gore – who turns 11 next Friday – has never attended a concert as a fan. But The Gore Boyz have opened shows for national recording artists including Fantasia and Eric Benet.
Here’s the music video for the group’s first single, “TGB Handclap (Superman Like Cam),” which was inspired by Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton and has been viewed more than 150,000 times:
When asked what he enjoys most about performing, Gore gives a very Bieber-like answer: “I like getting to go places, meet new people – like famous celebrities – and I like just to be out and get a lot of attention.”
As for what he plans to say to his idol: “I hope to get to talk to him about if he could like sign me and brothers to his record label, or about what are tips that could help me and my brothers get signed with a record label.”
The concert, which is scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Greensboro Coliseum, is sold out.
Is he nervous? “Not at all.”