FF to 3:25 to watch Selena Gomez collapse while performing in Fairfax, Virginia.
+ Pittsburgh, PA & Boston, MA concert pix/ Dubai meet & greet. Washington Post review: Selena’s energetic, calculatedly modest performance proved she’s fully aware of what kind of America she’s returned to: one that’s spent the past six weeks or so collectively fretting about what’s become of Miley Cyrus.
Many critics saw ‘Stars Dance’ as little more than a decent imitation of the likes of Rihanna, Ke$ha & Britney Spears. Disney-Channel-icon-turned-pop-starlet’s identity crisis remains unresolved. Thursday night’s opening numbers made stylish use of her dance skills,
As well as those of her backup dancers, but played out like a let’s-play-dress-up montage in which Gomez tried on and discarded the aesthetics of other aughts-era pop princesses, with the occasional aggressive hair flip à la Beyoncé.
Selena: ‘You guys trust me, parents trust me. You make me better every single day, and I want to make you guys better, too. I know it’s very, very hard to be a good example these days.’ Gomez had a keen awareness she was performing for a legion of adoring preteen girls, their faces smudged with their first-ever mascara and lipstick borrowed from their moms.
Selena performed with restrained self-assuredness of a maturing star who doesn’t feel the need to shatter her old image but instead just seems confident that it’ll gradually wear away, no twerking necessary. Gomez may not know who she is yet, but she knows, and desperately wants her fans to know, who she isn’t.