Kelsea Ballerini Talks Her MTV VMAs’ Dress Change: ‘Telling My Future Children I Was Once Houdini’

The country star shared how she quickly changed her dress during her performance of "Penthouse"

<p>Bryan Bedder/Variety via Getty </p> Kelsea Ballerini in the two dresses she wore during her VMAs performance

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Kelsea Ballerini in the two dresses she wore during her VMAs performance

Kelsea Ballerini made some magic at the 2023 MTV VMAs.

During the country star's performance of her hit "Penthouse," she wore not just one dress, but a second dress which she unveiled in the middle of her performance. Ballerini, who marked her 30th birthday Tuesday, began the song in a strapless white ruched floor-length gown.

As she sang the lyrics, “And it stings rolling up the welcome mat / Knowing you got half,” the spotlight intensified and the singer instantly changed into a short strapless body-con black dress.

Following the costume switch, Ballerini posted a TikTok documenting how she practiced the quick change. She captioned the post, “telling my future children i was once houdini #penthouse #vmas.”

In the video, Ballerini shared her preparation for the show and her performance.

She practiced the key lyrics that represented the moment she needed to pull down the white gown and reveal the shorter black dress. After she pulled off the white dress to reveal the black one underneath, members of the "Miss Me More" singer's team broke into laughter.

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Ballerini's Houdini-esque act follows the recent conclusion of her Heartfirst Tour. In a recent interview with PEOPLE, Ballerini shared how “incredible” her latest tour was.

"Just to watch the music evolve, and the connection and the singalongs got louder and bigger throughout the last six months, it's been really pretty crazy," Ballerini told PEOPLE during her new partnership campaign with Sonic.

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In addition to her recent tour, the country singer also released an extended version of her 2023 EP Rolling Up the Welcome Mat, titled Rolling Up the Welcome Mat (For Good), last month.

The original Rolling Up the Welcome Mat, was released on Valentine's Day 2023, months after her divorce from Morgan Evans was finalized. Following her relationship with Evans, 38, Ballerini began dating Chase Stokes.

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Before her performance Tuesday, Stokes, 30, posted a celebratory birthday Instagram post for his girlfriend.

The Outer Banks star added a photo carousel, including photos of the two hugging, as well as their formal high fashion moments. "Dirty 30 looks pretty damn good on you Ballerini," Stokes wrote. "I love you ❤️."

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