She's still Jenny from the block
Jennifer Lopez arrives in Melbourne as part of her world tour and says despite all her success she still lives a down-to-earth lifestyle.PT2M39S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-2b7lm 620 349 December 11, 2012
Rod Laver Arena
December 11, 2012
It should be a good time for Jennifer Lopez to concentrate on her music career. Some of the biggest hits the actress/singer/reality show judge had during the first flush of her success over a decade ago were blunt Eurodisco belters such as Waiting For Tonight, and that same style – with some Swedish finesse – is ubiquitous in pop music right now.
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Jennifer Lopez entertains the crowd. Photo: Angela Wylie
The 43-year-old offered an energetic version of Waiting for Tonight at her first-ever Melbourne show, but she didn't stick to any one genre. Lopez is an entertainer, quite traditional in certain regards, and that means she's the focus and the songs work around her. She was as easily an R&B diva (Love Don't Cost a Thing) as a salsa spitfire (Let's Get Loud).
Lopez's gig played out in brackets, divided by costume change absences that were papered over with cabaret routines from her dancers and adroit backing band. The former dancer talked a lot – possibly to recover her breath in between choreographed routines – and sometimes she just took the extended applause of the overwhelmingly positive audience.
The show wasn't as slick as some pop tours, with the requisite acoustic number rendered comic by an overexcited fan brought onstage to duet with Lopez clutching on to the star for dear life, but it did lack momentum and a definable peak. Lopez started out with generic exhortations to Melbourne and that's where the mood stayed.
Jennifer Lopez performs at Rod Laver Arena. Photo: Angela Wylie
Near the end a cloak and a throne cast Lopez as the defiant, exhausted royal who had carried the day, but there was nothing removed about her performance. She remains an aspirational figure to her predominantly female fans, a mixture of screen siren and loving mother. "Back it up like a Tonka truck", rapper Pitbull offered via video for On the Floor, and that encapsulated Jennifer Lopez's desire to give the 12,000 people present what she believed they wanted.