Countdown To Unbroken: Demi Lovato Makes A Triumphant Return To The Stage In New York City

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Demi Lovato hit the stage last night at New York City's Hammerstein Ballroom to a sold-out crowd of Lovatics for the first time since her break last fall which included time spent in a treatment facility. But last night wasn't... 000_013_251_demilovato-smh-091811

Demi Lovato hit the stage last night at New York City's Hammerstein Ballroom to a sold-out crowd of Lovatics for the first time since her break last fall which included time spent in a treatment facility. But last night wasn't about Demi, it was about her fans.

"Listening to my fans sing to the pre-show playlist from my dressing room... Getting SO pumped!!!!" she tweeted from backstage.

With a new album releasing next week and well-received performances of her hit ';Skyscraper' at last month's Do Something Awards and, last week, at the ALMA Awards, Demi had a lot to celebrate, but instead she used the night to celebrate her fans.

In one of the most emotional points of the night, Demi sat at a piano and began to pound out her inspirational anthem, ';Skyscraper.' As the crowd started to sing the entire song with her, Demi interrupted them and stopped playing. At this point, the cheering got even louder.

"Let's stop the music for a second," she said. "I just want to take a second to really thank you guys. I've met so many people over the past few days who have told me that I've inspired them. And what they don't realize is that every time they tell me that, they inspire me just as much."

"A year ago today, I think I was... I was not in a good place," she continued. "And I needed help. And I want anybody in this audience to know that if you're struggling with one of the issues that I dealt with, or a different issue, that you can get help and you can recover. It is possible, if you just tell someone.

"There are so many beautiful girls in this audience who don't know they're beautiful," she said. "And they all are. I want to thank you for being here for me every single day while I was a way. I wouldn't be here without you."

Contrary to what maybe this writer was expecting, the show was not just Demi sitting at a piano belting out stripped down versions of her hits and talking to the audience. The 19-year-old pumped up the crowd and moved around the stage in highly-choreographed dance numbers, with back-up dancers and even props. During her performance of ';All Night Long,' her newly-released dance track, she moved around alongside dancers wearing disco ball helmets.

During ';Hold Up,' a male dancer elicited a huge response from the crowd as he slid his had down Demi's chest at the beginning of the song, before they both climbed into a pretend car using a steering wheel prop while Demi sings, ';If the weapon is your love, i got my hands up, it's a hold up' and ';I wanna run away in your get away car.'

Were you at the show last night? Leave a comment below and tell us your experience. Demi's second sold-out show will take place Friday, September 23rd in Los Angeles, three days after the release of ';Unbroken.'

(Photos: Getty Images)

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