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“My brain broke,” Taylor Swift said into her microphone at Chicago’s Soldier Field on Saturday night (June 3), as she invited a young fan to come onstage with her.
The Eras Tour set list, which runs for nearly three and a half hours and covers more than 40 songs, could be meticulously rehearsed for the sake of time, but Swift’s performance of “22” last night had a very underrehearsed part when he became overcome by the cuteness of a child in the audience.
During “22,” one lucky fan is escorted to the front of the stage at the end of the catwalk, where Swift hands over the hat she’s been wearing that night. This special experience seemed to be going according to plan on the second of three dates of her Chicago tour on Saturday. So Swift was lost in the moment.
Swift crouched down and leaned forward, handing the hat to a young follower and taking her hand. And then he encouraged her with a nod to join her on the actual stage. But she wasn’t thinking about the safety of that amusing gesture. She suddenly stopped herself, she admitted that her brain was broken and she joined the Eras dancers in the “22” kick line, kicking with the wrong leg.
In her next song, the 10-minute “All Too Well,” Swift told the crowd about the hilarious incident that had just occurred.
“I just had this inclination,” Swift explained. “She’s so cute that she wanted me to like her, I was like ‘I’ll just bring her on stage, I’ll just hug her and put her on stage.’ And then I remembered that we don’t have a sure way to catch her. off stage.”
“My brain just went completely blank,” he said. “I was like, ‘You’re so sweet and cute, come on stage.’ She was confused. He was confused. So if anyone else was confused, it was because that girl was so adorable that I tried to make her part of the show.” She joked: “I had no control over it.”
At this point, Swift added a universal compliment to everyone who had turned up: “You’re all so cute. I feel that way about many of you during the show. We make eye contact and you guys are kind of acting, passionately. There are a lot of really exciting performances in the audience at the show. Have you noticed it too? You look around you, you want to be everyone’s best friend. Yes, that happens to me too.”
Check out the moment from the Chicago concert below. You can also see what it was like from the girl’s perspective on TikTok, while another fan captured it from his angle.