Thursday, September 1, 2011
Photos and review: Selena Gomez at Gexa Energy Pavilion in Dallas (August 31)
All Star Weekend opened for the big-time young pop star.
Tweens and teens flocked to Gexa Energy Pavilion to see pop star Selena Gomez perform the closest to home she's gotten on her tour. Born in Grand Prairie, Gomez's stop in Dallas was her only tour date in Texas.
Gomez is one of the few Disney protégées who has a track record free of drugs, nudity, and alcohol. She's earned several platinum certified records and has nearly sold out shows on each stop of her brief two-month tour in the United States. Adding to her intrigue, the Wizards of Waverly Place star is dating fellow teen pop sensation Justin Bieber, who currently reigns king supreme of the tween/teen demographic. (Sound familiar? Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake were the king and queen of teen pop in the early '00s. Ah, the good old days.)
Deafening high-pitched shrieks, the kind that only young singers can produce, filled the hot summer night as home videos of a very young Gomez dominated several screens just before she made her appearance on stage to sing the 2010 single “A Year Without Rain.” Those teeth-clenching screams would continue throughout the remainder of the show.
Several costume changes – including a (gasp!) midriff bearing hooded white jewel encrusted bustier top – could not rescue the show from being a bit lackluster as far as pop concerts go. Gomez’s dance moves were limited and unpolished, which is disappointing since she cites the one and only Spears as an influence and inspiration. But in Spears' teen days, she could dance better, her moves were sexier, and her she carried an air of confidence. Gomez’s performance lacked the self-assuredness and innocent sexuality that poptarts like Spears and Christina Aguilera had in spades when they ruled the charts.
Gomez gave Spears her own special tribute on Wednesday night, in which she sang and danced to the choruses of nearly all of her idol's hits. She didn't quite live up to Spears' originals. However, Gomez’s particularly spot-on rendition of Nikki Minaj's "Super Bass!" fast-paced rap breakdown was the highlight of the evening.
Gomez performed all her hits, including “Naturally,” “Tell Me Something I Don’t Know,” and “Who Says” with the sweet pop sugar coated goodness that only Disney can produce. Her show was clean, unadulterated, predictable fun.
With the squeaky clean image that she has, it is hard to find another singer her age who could do better. Still, she has a long way to go if she wants to compete in adulthood. The only person in her age bracket who manages to outdo her every time is her boyfriend. But that in turn makes her the teen queen, which seems to be just fine with her fans.
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