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Katy Perry @ Nassau Coliseum, 6.17.11

Katy Perry performs her California Dreams Tour at

Katy Perry performs her California Dreams Tour at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. (June 17, 2011) Credit: Newsday/Jessica Rotkiewicz

Katy Perry is almost as much about the entertainment as she is about the music.

“Is there a 'Housewives of Long Island',” Perry asked the Nassau Coliseum crowd. “There oughta be. I see a lot of candidates tonight.” She then went on to ask what the Long Island version of “Jersey Shore” would be like, wondering if the chest-level fist-pump would replace the over-head fist-pump.

Even more telling was her decision to cover Whitney Houston's “I Wanna Dance With Somebody,” basically so she could dance with the crowd. Perry doesn't come close to '80s-era Whitney on the song, but she tries to make up with it by doing The Robot and popping-and-locking with a giant purple cartoon cat mascot.

In a way, it's how she handles her shortcomings throughout the show, making up for her some bum notes or some bland songs by providing some other razzle-dazzle. It's kind of endearing, but she could also have simply trimmed some songs (including Rebecca Black's “Friday”) from the two-hour show.

Full review: Katy Perry's a spectacle at the Coliseum

SETLIST: Teenage Dream / Hummingbird Heart / Waking Up in Vegas / UR So Gay / Peacock / I Kissed a Girl / Circle the Drain / E.T. / Who Am I Living For / Pearl / Not Like the Movies / Medley: Only Girl in the World/Big Pimpin'/Friday/Whip My Hair / Thinking of You / Dance Break: I Want Candy/Milkshake/Tootsie Roll / Hot N Cold / Last Friday Night / I Wanna Dance With Somebody / Firework // ENCORE: California Girls 

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