play to the crowd

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play to the crowd

To act, behave, or perform in such a way as to receive as much approval from an audience or group of spectators as one can get, especially the lowest common denominator therein. The band still puts on a great performance, even after all these years. I do wish, though, that they played more of their new material and didn't just play to the crowd with their greatest hits the whole night. Rather than acting in a way that best suits the role and the play as a whole, he prefers to play to the crowd and soak up the spotlight when he can. She's a great basketball player, but she spends more time playing to the crowd than playing to win the game.
See also: crowd, play
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The former F1 world champion played to the crowd with multipl burnouts and donuts and, emerging from his run up the famous hill, said: "I maybe got a bit carried away with the burnouts but it's pretty difficult not to when the crowd is cheering.
Music played to the crowd before the leader's arrival also included David Bowie's Changes - echoing the "Vote for Change" slogan displayed on banners.
German Beatles tribute band Rattles played to the crowd after the official ceremony led by the first mayor of Hamburg, Ole von Beust.
Although he seemed to take things a little slower by not dancing around the stage as much, he still showed he is a star performer and played to the crowd as a true professional.
He really played to the crowd, too, letting people see the legs squirming around while it was in his mouth.
NELSON MANDELA A special video message from the South African statesman will be played to the crowd
Wade had 20 points on 9-of-11 shooting, while O'Neal added 17 points and played to the crowd, throwing an underhand self-pass off the backboard and racing to slam home the miss on a free throw in the first quarter.
Hawkins played to the crowd, donning a tartan tammy as he changed the title of English Country Garden to Scottish Country Garden.
Energetic Roy played to the crowd at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool as his clash with Suffolk thrower Painter went down to the wire, causing some friction between the two.
Josh, on drums and backing vocals,looked every inch a McCartney as he played to the crowd.
In the first big appearance since their July wedding, the couple looked relaxed as they played to the crowd.
Michael Clarke Duncan, who was nominated for his supporting role in ``The Green Mile,'' frequently played to the crowd by dancing.