Selena Gomez holds her own in Vancouver

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      Rampant citywide rumours to the contrary, the Bieb didn’t show up to duet with his girlfriend. Or maybe he did and nobody noticed, since Selena Gomez was plenty magnetic enough to hold everyone’s attention at Rogers Arena Friday night. Whatever your opinion of the music, the 19-year-old Disney executive delivered a bright set to a stadium filled with braying, glow-stick waving tweens (of the female persuasion), all of it executed with Teutonic efficiency and a merciful respect for decent bedtimes.

      As it turns out, Gomez can actually sing, hitting just enough flat notes during “The Way I Loved You” to clue us in to the fact she isn’t lip-syncing—something that many of us pondered, funnily enough, whenever she spoke. Or squeaked.

      It was also during this number—coming about five songs into the set—when Gomez finally stood still for a moment, like a quivering and wounded prom queen in her glittery, scab-coloured ball gown. Prior to that, the singer and her team of four dancers bounced around a surprisingly spare stage (two staircases, a hydraulic lift, a personality-free band—that was it), powering through time-fillers like “Hit the Lights” and “Round and Round.

      Things started to cook a little more with “We Are the Night”, lifted by an effective light show made up of neon blobs and a jangly guitar outro that miraculously squeezed another few decibels of screaming mania from the stands. (That’s what music used to sound like, kids!) What seemed at first like slightly chintzy production value began to appear quite elegant at this point. Things got even more impressive when Gomez re-emerged after a thumping “Love You Like a Love Song” in a sort of mauve sexy burka, and then started putting some unexpectedly raunchy moves on her dancers for “Bang, Bang, Bang”.

      We probably could have done without the Britney Spears medley, but by the end of a 75-minute set, Selena Gomez and the Scene had managed to give a small nation of little girls an experience that'll keep them buzzing until the next album release.

      The show wasn’t half bad for the parents, either—especially on superior numbers like “Tell Me Something I Don’t Know”, “Who Says” (which drew the biggest cheer), and a fine, Dubble Bubble-extreme version of Pilot’s “Magic” (points for good taste, Ms. Gomez.)

      In the end, you got a bunch of perfectly serviceable pop songs crafted by a team of industry operatives in lab coats, and a band that can certainly kick out the jim-jams in a convincing enough fashion. More importantly, there seems to be no reason Gomez can’t turn her considerable charm into something with a bit more of a Timberlake type heft once she’s allowed to be an adult. If A Star is Born has taught us anything, it’s that her more famous other half is probably descending into alcoholism right now while she goes from strength to strength. That’s probably why he pulled the no-show.

      Comments

      12 Comments

      Wizperv

      Oct 15, 2011 at 2:03am

      Alex Russo, er, Selena Gomez is definitely a hot little number. Mmmmm....hmmm.....mmmm...

      11 9Rating: +2

      mitchell

      Oct 15, 2011 at 10:45am

      Adrian Mack...i think this was a bad article!....despite what you like or don't like about this performer when did it become OK to use phrases like Fuckload to describe a teens performance? ....then to go and indicate that her Boyfriend and superstar is probably a Drunk. i think you should be reprimanded for stating such things and makes this article appear to be a trash editorial ....not good for this publication.

      7 8Rating: -1

      joeljoeljoel

      Oct 15, 2011 at 5:13pm

      to be honest, I had more of a problem with the inclusion of the phrase "a band that can certainly kick out the jim-jams"

      That really offended my sensibilities.

      Sarah K

      Oct 15, 2011 at 9:14pm

      I was there and it was awsome!
      All her songs were excellent. (Magic was the best, I think everyone would agree)
      I think the opening acts weren't that good but that's just me.
      Selena Gomez is a really good singer in real life.(her dancers were good too)

      9 15Rating: -6

      A Guest

      Oct 16, 2011 at 12:37am

      I would agree this is a trash editorial.
      The reference to her boyfriend was uncalled for and
      appeared to be written by 14 year old.

      12 8Rating: +4

      AFriend

      Oct 16, 2011 at 5:22am

      Why are people mad at the Bieber reference? You grew up with people like Emilio Esteves, Rob Lowe etc. You know what fame and fortune does to a person. The comment was reasonable and it wasn't even an accusation, just a comparison to show this disney star is going to pass the boy.

      12 9Rating: +3

      Visitor

      Oct 16, 2011 at 1:50pm

      Sorry but the Bieber reference was a low blow insult.
      Anybody that knows anything about him knows the reason
      he was a 'no show' is because he is on tour in South America.
      He has been playing to sold out stadiums of 50,000+ seats.
      Hardly 'descending into alcoholism'.

      10 9Rating: +1

      You

      Oct 16, 2011 at 5:38pm

      "He has been playing to sold out stadiums of 50,000+ seats.
      Hardly 'descending into alcoholism'."

      Right, because no famous person has EVER had a drug problem...

      This review was far more forgiving than I thought it would be. Maybe if Usinger had been there instead...

      8 10Rating: -2

      kelley

      Oct 16, 2011 at 9:08pm

      i was lucky to attend this concert with my 9 yr old daughter. i was awesome. it was worth driving hours for.

      8 12Rating: -4

      selena lover

      Oct 17, 2011 at 7:04am

      i <3 selena gomez<3<3<3