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19th Dec 2012 2:00 PM
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Jennifer Lopez dazzles fans at her last show in Australia at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre. Jennifer Lopez dazzles fans at her last show in Australia at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre. Kristy Muir
TRIPLE threat Jennifer Lopez wowed a packed house at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre for her last show in Australia.
J Lo took fans on a journey from the Bronx to fame and brought a personal touch to the show by talking to the audience between songs and sharing her thoughts about life.
She also included a photo montage of her life with her kids - which made the experience more intimate.
Fans didn't seem to mind waiting for the superstar for close to 40 minutes. I think everyone there was just happy she was finally in Australia.
The show opened with a bang to Get Right and she backed it up with the pop hit, Love Don't Cost a Thing.
In a "back to the Bronx" mega-mix J Lo danced and sang to I'm Real, All I have, Ain't it Funny and finished with Jenny from the Block.
J Lo proved you can find a balance of singing, dancing and acting on stage - she showed off her vocal stylings as well as her booty shaking dance moves.
As expected there was a lot of bling, sparkles, pyrotechnics and lights - but it was not to hide a lack of talent, despite what some critics might think.
The starlet slowed down and stripped back her first No 1 song, If You Had My Love (I would imagine to catch her breath) but also to prove to critics she could do it without the glitz and glamour.
My favourite song of the evening was Let's Get Loud, which she started by playing the bongo drum.
Her outfits were incredible and there were a number of wardrobe changes which she did seamlessly.
I would jump at the chance to see her in concert again.
Review: Jennifer Lopez wraps up Dance Again tour in Brisbane, 18/12/12
Jennifer Lopez closed out her first Australian tour with a bang in Brisbane, writes Samantha Armatys.
Jennifer Lopez @ Brisbane Entertainment Centre, 18/12/12
Photo: Getty/Getty Images Entertainment/Scott Barbour
Brisbane could not have prepared for the onslaught of sequins that accompanied Jennifer Lopez on her first ever tour of Australia. After an opening performance by a chiseled group of backup dancers that would make Magic Mike hot under the detachable collar, the glistening diva took to the stage in a barely-there body suit, sparkling like a diamond.
The near sell-out, predominately female crowd rose to their feet in anticipation of a jam-packed danceathon of hits. 2012 has bought a star spangled line-up of performers to our shores, but few have such an impressive back catalogue to draw from on their maiden voyage. Lopez was eager to deliver her fans’ long-awaited daydreams, and launched into a chain of chart-toppers accompanied by choreography that would leave a less experienced entertainer gasping for breath.
There was plenty of opportunity for J Lo to compose herself between tracks, with more wardrobe changes than Myer during the Boxing Day sales. With each outfit as shiny and gravity-defying as the last, the crowd grew impatient in the frequent and drawn out interludes. While her voice is her largest asset, each clothing piece accentuated her carved abs and world-famous behind, which come in at a very close second.
At 43, a mother of two and topping Forbes’ list of the most powerful people in entertainment, Lopez has come a long way from the block. But she made sure to take some time to remind the crowd of her Bronx roots in a mid-set arsenal of early hits (“I’m Real”, “All I Have”,“Ain’t It Funny” and “Jenny from the Block”) that took the audience on a time warp
A montage of her children and visual guest performances from rap collaborators Ja Rule, Lil Wayne and Pitbull adorned the backdrops throughout the night, interspersed with highly polished graphics. Vegas-style lasers and fireworks rounded out the onstage extravaganza.
As the night drew nearer to a close, J Lo appeared behind a bongo drum, beating out a rhythmic solo that launched into party favourite “Let’s Get Loud”. It was almost possible to hear the mental pencil ticks, checking off the wish lists of her supporters. They showed their appreciation by singing in unison and attempting a booty shake likely perfected during months of Zumba classes.
Closing track “On the Floor” flashed by in a swirl of red cabaret, before latest beau and backup dancer Casper Smart joined Lopez onstage for encore “Dance Again”. Brisbane marked the end of this international mega tour. Those who came in doubt were assured that this powerhouse has still got it, and those who already knew went home green with envy.
Jennifer Lopez Gets Loud Applause in Brisbane.
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MUSIC EVENT: JENNIFER LOPEZ LIVE ‘DANCE AGAIN’ WORLD TOUR
DECEMBER 18TH 2012, BRISBANE ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE
By Peter Gray
It’s hard to believe that in a music career that has spanned 13 years Jennifer Lopez hadn’t had a world tour under her belt, but as the old saying goes “good things come to those who wait” and Wednesday night the wait proved worthy. Lopez, or J.Lo as she has been affectionately nicknamed, was every inch the glamazon we’d expect as she took the stage in Brisbane (or ‘the Brissy’ as she called it) to perform the final Australian show in her global ‘Dance Again’ concert tour, proving just how strong a performer she truly is.
I’ll admit that perhaps I am biased towards Lopez as I am an unashamed fan, but I can freely admit when an artist I am fond of is a lesser performer than I would expect and Lopez was nothing short of a class act – dancing seamlessly, engaging with the audience in a personable matter and, perhaps most importantly, singing live in a near pitch perfect tone. A musical artist singing live in concert isn’t something that should be commended, but it’s safe to say many were expecting Lopez to fall into the ‘studio singer’ genre where live performances would be heavy on spectacle and light on vocals (i.e. lipsynching), so for her to deliver a near 2-hour show with all the slick choreography we’d expect and live singing is certainly a laudable achievement – and a nice middle finger to the naysayers.
Given that it has taken her so long to venture out and perform her music, it makes sense that her ‘Dance Again’ show is a collection of her back catalogue of chart-topping singles ranging from her #1 debut ‘If You Had My Love’ (presented here as a lush acoustic ballad) to the show’s titular hit ‘Dance Again’. Decked out in a figure hugging body suit that accentuated her curves, show opener ‘Get Right’ proved the perfect number to get the crowd on their feet and make us all aware that this was going to be a high-energy affair, with follow-ups ‘Love Don’t Cost A Thing’ and ‘I’m Into You’ allowing little room for anybody to catch their breath, the latter evidently a favourite amongst the male audience members as she shamelessly shook her famous derriere. A nod to her days growing up in the Bronx was evident as she performed the tongue-in-cheek ditty ‘Jenny From The Block’ and she channelled her inner James Brown on the funk-inspired ‘Hold It, Don’t Drop It’, but it was the Latin laced duo of ‘Let’s Get Loud’ and ‘On The Floor’ that proved the biggest hits with the crowd.
But amongst all the music it was still Lopez herself that shone brightest. Enviably gorgeous in the flesh, it was a true surprise to see how humbled she was by the rapturous applause she often received, and the banter she engaged the audience with never came across as forced or scripted and for 2 hours she made us feel like her friends rather than an audience; Pretty astonishing for a woman with such a reputation for being a ‘diva’.
The quality of show Lopez treated Brisbane to only leaves us fans wanting more, and there was a sly hint of a return in her closing thank you, but we just have to pray it isn’t another 13 years – even if she did prove she’s worth the wait.