Concert Review: Selena Gomez's Revival Tour at Auckland's Vector Arena

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Selena Gomez "proved why she's one of the biggest pop stars in the world right now". Photo / Steven McNicholl
Selena Gomez "proved why she's one of the biggest pop stars in the world right now". Photo / Steven McNicholl

For most of Selena Gomez's life, she has been in the public eye.

Her first gig was alongside Barney (the purple dinosaur) and she then went on to become one of Disney's biggest names.

The 24-year-old has well and truly graduated from Disney with flying colours and is on a growth journey of her own.

Her dramas have been well documented by the paparazzi - including a very public break up with Justin Bieber - and she was open and unguarded about this when speaking to the crowd.

"You guys have seen my ups and my downs," Selena told the Auckland crowd. "But you've supported me anyway, and I thank you for that."

Selena Gomez is holding nothing back during this new phase of her career. Photo / AP
Selena Gomez is holding nothing back during this new phase of her career. Photo / AP

Unlike other Disney stars who have somewhat fallen off the radar - such as Hilary Duff - Selena has been able to grow and evolve as an artist, with the title of her new album Revival truly fitting with her career journey.

Her show on Saturday night at Vector Arena was spectacular - and easily topped the shows of some of the other big pop stars who have played in Auckland over the last six months.

Selena's catalogue of hits is trending up and she didn't leave any of them out of her Auckland show for the crowd who enthusiastically sang along.

Selena Gomez performing at Vector Arena, Auckland on her Revival Tour. Photo / Steven McNicholl
Selena Gomez performing at Vector Arena, Auckland on her Revival Tour. Photo / Steven McNicholl

She opened with her latest single Same Old Love and her star power radiated across the arena with help from a live band, backup singers, and a giant 10-metre-high screen showing the racy images that feature in her video clips.

Selena sparkles with personality and strutted through the stage in sexy outfits - she managed at least five throughout the show! You get the sense she truly wants to deliver for each and every one of her fans and is in her element onstage.

She spoke out about being sick with strep throat on Thursday, but there were no signs of sickness having any impact on her Auckland performance.

Selena is a true diva - she worked the stage like a runway model while being able to emotionally captivate the crowd with her pop anthems.

- NZ Herald

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