Selena, we love you like a love song but we can't handle your same old love.
Spirits were at an all-time high last night at the Singapore Indoor Stadium for Selena Gomez’s first concert in Singapore.
The singer, who performed for one night only, was here for the Singapore leg of her Revival Tour.
The concert, attended by 7,000 fans (or Selenators), opened at 7.30pm with a 30-minute set by our local favourite, Gentle Bones. The energetic singer sang fan favourites such as ‘Sixty Five’ and ‘Geniuses and Thieves‘.
Selena, who started her performance 45 minutes later than planned, opened the show with a rendition of ‘Revival’, which had fans clamouring to the front and screaming.
Dressed in high-waisted pants and a leather cropped top, Selena launched into tracks like ‘Kill ‘Em with Kindness’, ‘Sober’ and ‘Revival’ to the delight of her adoring fans.
In between songs, Selena made up for her lack of stage banter with repetitive video transitions. She also rolled out props, such as yoga balls and inflatable roses, when she sang, ‘Me And My Girls’.
The stage, lit up with strobe lights and spotlights, made the whole experience something entirely otherworldly.
The humble singer, who thanked her fans profusely for getting her to where she is today, did not only sing songs from her latest album, Revival. Rather, she did a creative mash-up of old songs like ‘Who Says’ and ‘Slow Down The Song’.
She also added random songs to her setlist, such as a cover of a worship song and disco track ‘Sweet Dreams’ by Eurythmics.
“I just want us all to really dance it all out before we all go home together tonight,” said Selena breathlessly, before launching into her other upbeat tracks that had fans dancing and letting loose.
Her back up dancers, singers, and band were all in high spirits, adding to the electric feels Selena’s tours are known for.
Despite the high energy, the whole experience felt very rushed. The concert, which lasted about 75 minutes, passed very quickly.
In fact, it almost felt like Selena was just going through the motions at times. She paused to speak only a few sentences between the 19 songs she performed, and she ended her concert abruptly without an encore.
After her recent concert in Jakarta, Selena took to Instagram to post a cryptic message about how unconnected she felt to her craft and how she needed to rethink some areas in her life.
Fans started assuming that she might cancel her Singapore concert, but organisers were quick to assure them that the show will go on.
Nonetheless, her fans were quick to offer their support. We spotted some Selenators in the crowd with “THIS IS OUR REVIVAL” signs, while others donned shirts bearing Selena’s face. Her fans were constantly in high spirits as they Snapchatted the concert and danced with their friends.
Selena might not have given her 100 per cent for this concert, but she still made us feel like one big family when as she made us dance our hearts out, while sharing feel good messages, such as asking us to be happy with ourselves.
Overall, I think Selena Gomez brought a perfect revival that was good for us.
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