Jennifer Lopez took to the stage at London’s O2 Arena on Monday night, which marked her first ever tour performance in the UK. The fact that Jennifer hasn’t ever done a world tour before seems quite bonkers seeing as she is easily one of the most famous people on the planet and has buckets of talent and chart hits to match.
We’ve always enjoyed J.Lo’s music but we honestly weren’t sure what to expect from her live show and spent quite some time in an utter state of confusion as to how a 43-year-old mother of twins was able to put on a such a relentless performance, not to mention looking flawless throughout.
Jennifer made a dramatic entrance onto the stage before jumping into 2005’s smash hit ‘Get Right’. The entire audience were on their feet from that moment on, the only slow moment came when J.Lo did an acoustic version of her 1999 début single, ‘If You Had My Love’, and whilst Lopez isn’t known for having a particularly strong voice, she proved with this performance that she can certainly hold her own.
The acoustic breakdown was a welcome interval from all the constant, but perfectly executed, choreography that filled the show. Yes, there was some assistance in the backing track, but for the most part it was live vocals and when someone is putting on THIS much of a show, we’re going to cut them some slack.
The joy of this tour was that it was based around Jennifer’s latest greatest hits collection, meaning every track in the 90 minute set was either a classic hit or a fan favourite. Jennifer raced through iconic tracks like ‘Jenny From The Block’, ‘Love Don’t Cost A Thing’ and ‘Waiting For Tonight’, with great audience interaction throughout. The staging was effective without being over-distracting or taking too long to change, and Ms. Lopez’s fashion choices didn’t disappoint, she looked fantastic from all angles and yes, that includes the backside.
The encore of recent global chart hits ‘On The Floor’ and ‘Dance Again’ was the most euphoric moment we’ve ever experienced at a gig and went to prove that an artist with a back catalogue of hits can still be relevant and successful with the right track. Hopefully Jennifer will get another couple of hits under her belt soon so she can tour again, and if she does, we urge you to grab tickets.
There may be better vocalists in the game, but none of them can put on a show like Jennifer who quite frankly put all the popstars half her age to shame.
Stooshe were a fantastic choice of opener with their unique style perfectly complimenting Jennifer’s. Performing in their hometown of London, Stooshe looked effortlessly cool and comfortable with performing in such a huge arena and whilst some other acts would struggle they had the audience hooked throughout their 30 minute set which included all the singles including their latest, ‘Waterfalls’.
Alex, Karis and Courtney also performed some tracks from their forthcoming début album, such as ‘Kiss Chase’, which got the best reaction we’ve seen for an opener of any gig and deservedly so. It won’t be long until Stooshe are headlining arenas themselves.