Selena Gomez shines in Boston

A review of Selena Gomez at the TD Garden on October 12, 2013

, Contributing Writer

There are dozens of female pop stars on today’s Hot 100, but watch out ladies: Selena Gomez proved she is poised to take over with her recent performance at the TD Garden in Boston.

Goemz is on the road to promote her new album, Stars Dance. Before taking the stage, an extended video intro set up the premise for show: a dream in which Gomez must choose between four doors. Each interlude leads to a new theme for the upcoming set, and of course, a new outfit to accompany it.

The show officially began with a bang – “Bang Bang Bang” that is. Joined on stage by a gaggle of backup dancers, Gomez knocked out dance routines reminiscent of early Britney Spears or Jennifer Lopez. But while those pop stars and many others continue to produce chart-topping hits, Gomez’s combination of youth and experience make her feel like the new “Jenny from the Block.”

The first part of the performance continued with “Round & Round”, the reggae-inspired “Like a Champion”, and weaker number “B.E.A.T.” with “Work” by Iggy Azalea mixed into the song. “Work” was the first of several covers that Gomez would tackle on the night, including Katy Perry’s current hit “Roar” and a pretty rendition of Priscilla Ahn’s “Dream”.

From an all-white outfit into a sparkly purple costume, Gomez broke into the tour’s namesake track, “Stars Dance”. It should be noted that throughout all of her clothing changes, Gomez never donned a look that, say, a female ice skater couldn’t get away with in a competition. In a time when her former Disney counterpart, Miley Cyrus, is getting continuous flack for her particular brand of “growing up,” Gomez has embraced 21 with a continued awareness of her fanbase.

Of course, a few moments in the show were a little more questionable. A chair routine for the song “Birthday” led into a verse or two of Rihanna’s “Birthday Cake”, which lyrically didn’t quite seem to match the crowd of pre-teens (and pre-pre-teens) and their parents. A similar problem occurred during the routine for the Britney-esqe “Whiplash”, as it featured a more sexed-up dance involving ropes hung from above the stage.

Despite the inevitable bumps in the road, the crowd was clearly extremely pleased with the show overall, and rightfully so. After directly addressing the Justin Bieber breakup drama with “Love Will Remember” alone on the stage extension in a long dress with standing mic, Gomez launched into an (albeit clearly rehearsed) inspirational speech, declaring “Just like you guys, I have really bad days.” This was followed by the “Dream” cover, which even featured the singer’s talents on the harmonica, and the uplifting hit “Who Says” from her days with Selena Gomez and The Scene.

The main set concluded with more dance-focused numbers, some so intensive Gomez opted for the favorite accessory of a modern pop star, a hands-free mic. After finishing things off with “A Year Without Rain”, she returned to the stage for an encore of her latest singles, “Come & Get It” and “Slow Down””. As confetti rained down from the rafters and the full dance crew filled the stage, Gomez looked out on the crowd of adoring young fans and solidified her place in female pop super-stardom.

Emblem3, former contestants on Fox’s “The X Factor” opened the show. The trio warmed up the crowd of young girls with their so-sugary-it-might-give-you-a-cavity single “Chloe (You’re the One I Want)”.

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