Demi Lovato is no stranger to replacements. Due to tonsillitis, she was forced to back out of her gig at VH1’s Philly 4th of July Jam in 2013, so the network replaced her with Hunter Hayes. Perfect swap, right? Almost seamless with how similar they’re music is(, they write sarcastically). Oh, and remember when she unceremoniously dumped Adam Lambert as the opening act for her world tour, and replaced him with her BFF, Nick Jonas? Yeah, that happened.
But this isn’t about the times she was replaced or swapped friends — this is about all the times she took over a performance for another music act. Most dropped out due to health reasons, while others were seemingly kicked out. Either way, here are seven moments in which the 24-year-old “Stone Cold” singer replaced her fellow female pop star at a gig:
When Demi Lovato replaced Selena Gomez at last year's Global Citizen Festival.
Last year was tough for Selena Gomez — after suffering from the effects of lupus, the "Good for You" singer decided to take a break from the spotlight, canceling part of her Revival Tour and clearing her calendar for the remainder of 2016; a calendar that included her as one of the headlining acts for Global Citizen Festival.
*in walks Demi Lovato*"I'm excited and proud to support this cause and perform at the Global Citizen Festival," she said in a video on Twitter at the time. "Join me and Global Citizen to help promote mental health, well-being and gender equality."
...and that time she took the stage instead of her former BFF a couple months later.
Two and a half months after Demi stood in for Selena at GCF, she did the same in Brazil.
According to the Revival Tour Wikipedia, Demi performed in São Paulo at Allianz Parque, as part of Z Festival — an event Selena was supposed to work herself.
That time D.Lo replaced Ariana Grande.
Remember the whole #donutgate scandal? That's around the same time Ariana Grande canceled her appearance at the 2015 MLB All-Star Game. She claimed it was for wisdom teeth extraction, but the timing was almost too coincidental, you know?
Anyway, never fear — Demi Lovato is here. "I'm so excited to be headlining the MLB All-Star Concert," Demi said in the statement. "I hope my fans in Cincinnati are ready to get 'Cool for the Summer!'"
When she filled in for Ariana again.
Prior to the All-Star Game, Demi was already equipped with tackling Ari's job.
In December 2014, the "Neon Lights" crooner rocked the stage at 99.7's Triple Ho Show in San Jose, alongside Jessie J. Since Ari was performing at the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show that night, the Demster filled in on her verse in "Bang Bang." "She might've let you hold her hand in school // But I'mma show you how to graduate..."
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And let's not forget about the moment she took over for Meghan Trainor.
With Meghan Trainor out on doctor-mandated vocal rest, you can bet that DL was there, waiting with her hand raised to replace her at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo .
"We are excited to have Demi Lovato back on our stage, especially after her incredible performance at the Grammy awards Sunday night," said Joel Cowley, the HLSaR President and CEO. "Our fans will get an unforgettable concert following a fun night of rodeo action." And that's exactly what happened at the March 14, 2017 event.
Oh, and Katy Perry, too.
For the 2011 and 2013 Smurfs movies, Katy Perry voiced the lovable Smurfette. But, come the 2017 film, Smurfs: The Lost Village, you'll be hearing Demi's voice instead.
According to Variety, the upcoming flick will "follow Smurfette and her fellow blue creatures as they search the Enchanted Forest for the fabled Smurfs village. The film will answer some long-held questions about the Smurfs, including why there's only one girl among them." Sounds like we'll be getting a whole lot o' Demi!
Last, but certainly not least, when Demi replaced Paula Abdul & Nicole Scherzinger.
Along with fellow pop star Britney Spears, Demi tackled the job previously held by Paula Abdul & Nicole Scherzinger on The X Factor.
"It's an honor to be standing next to [Simon Cowell]," Demi exclaimed. "It's an honor to represent my generation."
"There's a new budding star, Demi, with her music," Paula said of the switch-up. "Her songs are great. She's riding a wave that's really exciting. It's a younger demo."