Call it a recap.
One of the biggest selling points of 99.7's Triple Ho Show was the chance to enjoy, seemingly for the millionth time, two of the top songs of 2012 -- Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" and Psy's "Gangnam Style." That seemed like more than enough to ensure that the holiday show would sell out, which it did.
It was certainly thrilling hear Jepsen and Psy perform those two ultimate earworms in a live setting on Friday at the San Jose State Event Center. I'm not sure which of the two was the definitive highlight of the nearly four-hour concert, which also featured performances by such young pop stars as Cher Lloyd, Austin Mahone and Owl City, but I do know they were both very revealing.
Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" was one of just five strong songs performed during her short set. Each of the tunes illustrated that the 27-year-old Canadian singer has what it takes to last well past "Call Me Maybe" mania has died out.
Then there was Psy, the 34-year-old Korean pop star who has seen his "Gangnam Style" video notch nearly 1 billion views on YouTube alone. Many believe the K-pop crooner is destined to be remembered (at least in this country) as one of the greatest one-hit wonders of all time. It's really hard to argue with that after watching Psy's set, which consisted of one song -- and I don't need to tell you which one.
Of course, oddsmakers have been wrong before about one-hit-wonders. Take, for instance, Owl City (aka, electronica-pop artist Adam Young), who seemed a shoo-in for the club after he hit it huge with 2009's "Fireflies" and then quickly slipped out of sight.
Yet, there he was at Triple Ho, with more to offer fans than just "Fireflies." He now has a second smash, "Good Time," which hit the U.S. Top 10 earlier this year. All he needed to climb the pop charts again was to enlist Jepsen, who delivered sensational guest vocals on the single. Not surprisingly, their duet during Owl City's set was the first big moment of the night.
It would take some time before there was a second big moment. Lloyd provided little of substance during her set. The 19-year-old British singer, who is part of Simon Cowell's music empire, sounded OK on the hit single "Jagger Swagger." Other than that, her set was simplistic and derivative in ways that would make early Britney Spears come across like Rachmaninoff.
Then came Jepsen, who benefitted from the rather weak competition and managed to exude massive amounts of star power. She was equally poised and powerful, fully able to make her studio gems sparkle in the live arena. Each of her five songs was superb. Of course, "Call Me Maybe" was the perfect exclamation point to the set.
Jepsen nicely set the stage for Psy's one-song set. Predictably, the audience went gaga over "Gangnam Style" and the accompanying dance moves, yet it was a hollow victory for Psy, aka Park Jae-sang. He should have used the opportunity to get fans excited about his other material. Instead, he only strengthened the notion that he is destined for one-hit immortality.
The closer was Austin Mahone, the 16-year-old Texan who rose to fame by posting YouTube videos. The pop singer showed a good deal of range and energy, but nothing really to convince me that he's anything more than a poor man's Justin Bieber.
To see a slideshow of Friday's concert, go to www.mercurynews.com/entertainment.