Fifth Harmony have been traveling all over the world with their latest album 7/27, wowing crowds with huge hits like “Work from Home” and “Worth It.”
Of course, fans are treated to big set pieces, sassy costumes, fierce choreography, and some ferocious vocals. But what it’s like behind the scenes on a Fifth Harmony tour?
Digital Spy caught up with Normani and Ally as they tour across Europe to find out all the backstage secrets.
1. Normani has the weirdest rider request for every show.
Rose petals sprinkled everywhere? Puppies in the dressing room? Only blue M&Ms? Nope, Fifth Harmony’s tour rider is actually quite modest, with a variety of chips, oatmeal, salmon, toast and yogurt all making the list. But Normani did admit to quite possibly the strangest pop star request I’ve ever heard.
“I love apple sauce,” she told Digital Spy. “I have an addiction — I don’t know what it is, but I just love the texture of it. It reminds me of baby food. Not that I like to eat baby food!”
2. Fifth Harmony practically have a spa day before they go on stage.
Despite all of the craziness that comes before a massive arena show — costumes, hair, makeup — the girls do manage to have a brief moment of pure relaxation.
“Sometimes they give us a massage, believe it or not,” Ally told us. “Our wardrobe assistant is awesome and she can do a million things, including massages! We’re getting into costume, we’re warming up, and getting our water all at the same time. And then we pray, too, before the show.”
3. Fifth Harmony’s pre-show playlist is full of country queens.
If you’re getting pumped up for a crowd of thousands, you might switch on a big Beyoncé anthem or a thumping Calvin Harris banger. Nope, not Fifth Harmony. They actually enjoy a good playlist of country music hits.
“Well, for the last few shows, I’ve been requesting country music,” Normani revealed. “I know it sounds super random, but we like Shania Twain, Carrie Underwood, and Sam Hunt. The song that I go to lately has been ‘Man I Feel Like a Woman.’ It gets me pumped for the show and my adrenaline going.”
4. Normani has a shopping addiction that causes a nightmare at the airport.
Everyone likes to do a bit of shopping while we’re traveling abroad, but Fifth Harmony’s Normani likes to shop. “I always bring the most stuff and everyone gets upset with me,” she admitted. “When it’s time to g
o on the airplane, we have to pay extra baggage because my bags are either over or I have way too many suitcases.
“The thing is, I’m over here in Europe and I want to shop. And I’m a woman so it’s, like, excuse me! It’s the shoes! I feel like you can find pieces of clothes over here that you can’t find in the States because you guys are very ahead when it comes to fashion. I also get my addiction from Mom, as she was always the one at the mall.”
5. Fifth Harmony’s favorite song to perform is their latest single.
With a setlist of huge pop anthems, the five-piece found it difficult to settle on which track they enjoy on stage the most. But Ally finally decided it is actually their latest single.
“One of my favorites to perform is ‘That’s My Girl’,” she said. “It’s the opener of the tour and it’s very powerful. It’s very strong and the choreography is great. The band is amazing and they really bring the song to life. I just love it. But also, ‘Gonna Get Better’ is one of my favorites.”
6. But which song do they dread performing?
The girls wouldn’t outright admit their least favorite song but took a more logistical approach to revealing which track they struggle to get through while on tour.
“Well, I wouldn’t say there’s a song I dread performing, but definitely when we get to the second half of the show we’re already super tired and winded,” Normani explained. “So by the time I get to ‘Big Bad Wolf,’ I’m just like, ‘I just want to get through this!’ I have to mentally psych myself up.”
7. All of Fifth Harmony muck up their dance moves or lyrics every now and then, and you don’t even notice.
“That has totally happened to all of us a few times,” Ally laughed. “Usually when it does, you’ve just got to smile and move on.” Basically, just pretend it didn’t happen before it spreads on Twitter like wildfire.
“If you draw too much attention to it, y’know, you don’t need to,” Ally added. “If you make it funny, it’ll be OK because everybody does it. Everybody has those days.”