More than merely a showcase of the pop superstar’s talent, Selena’s new tour is also a treat for the soul.
Twenty hours have passed since I had the pleasure of seeing Selena Gomez live at the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., and I’m still recovering from the experience. Not only am I still finding shiny confetti in various jacket pockets, but I’m also still reflecting on the inspiring messages Selena used to weave together her heart-pounding performances. With her Stars Dance World Tour, the 21-year-old songstress has crafted a 90-minute celebration of pop music and personal empowerment — two things we could all use a little more of in our lives.
Yes, Selena’s concert had all the bells and whistles you’d expect from a female pop star’s world tour — mind-blowing light shows, infectious sing-alongs and impressive choreography — but it was so much more than that.
Selena Keeps It ‘Classy’
I don’t have a daughter — that I know of, at least — but if I did, I’d want her to look up to Selena. At one point during the concert, she went out of her way to thank concertgoers for their support, and to remind them she’d never do anything to betray their “trust.” Selena knows that, whether she chose to be or not, she’s a role model for millions of young girls worldwide; and unlike some other former teen stars, who feel the need to strip down and shake off their ‘good girl’ personas, she embraces the position put upon her.
“You know what I think is sexy?” she asked the hoard of screaming fans, who desperately hung on her every word. “Class.”
This led to a performance of Selena’s triple-platinum single “Who Says,” and for the first time, I really felt the song’s message. Enjoying the 2011 jam on the radio while driving in your car is one thing, but to hear it sung directly to thousands of tweens — struggling through the most complicated, insecure time of their lives, as I remember well — had a completely different effect.
In an industry full of over-sexed artists, confusing their young fans with outrageous acts and suggestive spectacles, Selena stands as a beacon of light, guiding her ‘Selenators’ down a path that won’t land them in a creepy hotel hallway taking topless photos with Terry Richardson.
Selena Lets Us In
Another difference between Selena and her fellow pop stars is that you really feel like she has a close connection with her fans. When she invited us to celebrate her 21st birthday, before launching into the song “Birthday,” I genuinely believed she wanted her fans to share the excitement of her latest life milestone. (The “Birthday” mash-up with Rihanna‘s “Cake” was just the cherry on top.)
And when she got all choked up, shortly before her performance of “Love Will Remember,” you could practically see her walls coming down around her. She wasn’t about to confide her deepest, darkest secrets to thousands of strangers, but not every superstar would be willing to appear so vulnerable in front of a screaming crowd.
The public’s obsession with Selena grows day by day — if you’re a regular HollywoodLife.com reader, you know we can’t get enough — and her resilience amidst so much public pressure is truly astounding.
‘Stars Dance’: My Final Thoughts
As for the actual show, I really can’t say enough good things. Selena masterfully combined classic jams like “Love You Like A Love Song” with new tracks like “Save The Day.” She also proved how much she’s grown as a performer, essentially dancing for 90 minutes straight without breaking a sweat.
I entered the Barclay’s Center as merely a fan of Selena’s artistry; but I left as a true of admirer of Selena the role model. If you don’t already have tickets to the Stars Dance Tour, I don’t know what you’re waiting for.
HollywoodLifers, if you’ve seen Selena’s tour, what did you think? And if you haven’t, are you planning to see it? Drop a comment with your take on the Stars Dance tour below!
WATCH: Selena Gomez’s ‘Stars Dance’ World Tour
— Andy Swift