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stop the show

To give a very exceptional, impressive, or memorable performance. Yeah, the opening act really stopped the show—the headlining band was disappointing in comparison! All the pieces in the designer's collection are excellent, but it's the wedding dress that's going to stop the show.
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stop the show

COMMON If someone stops the show, they give an extremely impressive performance in a show or other event. Twelve-year-old Reggie Jackson stopped the show last night with `America the Beautiful'. Note: You can describe an impressive person, performance, or thing as show-stopping or say that they are a show-stopper. She got a standing ovation for her show-stopping number `And I'm Telling You I'm Not Going'. Her first encore was a real show-stopper.
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stop the show

(of a performer) provoke prolonged applause or laughter, causing an interruption.
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Once, in the middle of a concert, Stevie Wonder stopped the show to thank, in front of thousands, the vocal trainer who had much to do with the success and longevity of his career.
Sadly, some of the jazz jamming stopped the show gathering pace.
They went mad when Claudia came on scantily clad - she practically stopped the show.
He almost stopped the show by inciting the hungry stars to revolt.
The talent of John Reid's 17-year-old daughter will not have come as a surprise to those who attended this year's Lesters, where Jessica stopped the show with her interpretation of Sting's Fields of Gold, as her father - close to tears - collected a special Lesters award.
At the DG event, Elaine Stritch stopped the show with a rousing number from the Finn musical.