American singer Miley Cyrus was the superstar host for a massive live-broadcast party, held at Miami’s Telemundo Studios. It featured classic rock ‘n’ roll lighting effects mixed with a Miami club style setting, achieved using Vari-Lite VL5LED WASH luminaires. The legendary DX7 Design team delivered the lighting design, specifying a series of the VL5LED WASH fixtures which were mostly rigged to the arches of the main scenic structure over the main stage.
The DX7 Design team took full advantage of the VL5LED fixtures’ vintage styling with the Dichro*fusion Blades, which are based on the classic Vari-Lite VL5 and offer a strong visual impact. The looks achieved went into overdrive as a host of stars joined Cyrus on stage, including Australian singer Sia, reality TV celebrity Paris Hilton, and Cyrus’s godmother Dolly Parton, who duetted with Cyrus on her power ballad ‘I Will Always Love You.’
“This was our third TV show with Miley and on each one, she has opted for a more lighting-based design with almost no video,” explains Tom Sutherland, CEO and Lead Designer at DX7 Design. “She is a big fan of the more traditional lighting looks, which is why we had a large PAR wall as our background, as opposed to a video wall. Positioning the VL5LEDs on the arches really helped to complement the Production Design, as well as provide a nice background for any side or low camera shots.
“The most impressive feature of the VL5LEDs by far was the brightness. They were never above 50% intensity for the entire show, yet still easily competed with the other conventional and arc sources on the show.”
The VL5LED luminaires were supplied to the show by Solotech, with programming by Mark Humphrey and Nate Files, and lighting direction by James Coldicott and Jasmine Lesane.