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Jennifer Lopez and Enrique Iglesias bring fun and fizz to Philips

Enrique Iglesias shows off his sensitive side. Photo credit: Robb D. Cohen/

Enrique Iglesias shows off his sensitive side. Photo credit: Robb D. Cohen/

They could have just called it The Beautiful People Tour.

Or for a moment, it could have been the “American Idol” Reunion Tour, since Dunwoody native Ryan Seacrest bopped out onstage at the start of the evening to announce a new radio station in the market (my colleague Rodney Ho has the scoop here).

But if you came to Philips Arena Wednesday night as a fan of just one of the co-headliners – Jennifer Lopez or Enrique Iglesias – there’s a good chance you left as a convert of both.

For a collective three hours – with a 20-minute set change between acts – Iglesias and Lopez demonstrated that while neither is more than an adequate singer, they both possess scads of other proficiencies to make up for the deficits.

Iglesias was up first and immediately began his trademark move of pogoing around the stage for the opening “Tonight (I’m Lovin’ You),” which detoured briefly into the profane version of the song.

In his jeans, tight black T-shirt and omnipresent baseball cap, Iglesias looked like a handsome frat boy, and emitted a down-to-earth vibe throughout his show.

Backed by a seven-piece band and one backup singer, Iglesias attacked his lightweight pop songs with a sense of joy. His music has always had one foot in the clubs and the other in INXS circa 1982, and his affection for synth pop was boldly unfurled during “I Like How it Feels” and “Be with You,” which even nodded to Duran Duran’s “Ordinary World” during the song’s intro.

Enrique makes his move on a fan during "Hero." Photo credit: Robb D. Cohen/

Enrique makes his move on a fan during "Hero." Photo credit: Robb D. Cohen/

Iglesias’ roots were present, too, in the flamenco guitar that ushered in the creamy, romantic ballad “Bailamos,” and during “No Me Digas Que No.”

Throughout the 75-minute set, Iglesias frequently raced around the stage – which was offset by a series of sleek, curved video screens and a ramp – but also delved into the crowd a few times…and somehow emerged fully clothed.

Though his voice is a bit thin and reedy, his charisma and likeability is limitless, and he wisely put his low-key charm on display twice – first by inviting a trio of guys onstage to chug rum and eventually sing a sweet (though long) version of “Stand By Me” and during the encore, performed at the back of the arena, when he sent thousands of hearts swooning with “Hero,” which he crooned to an overwhelmed female fan on whom he planted several kisses.

But obviously this set had to end on a feverish note, which it did.

“I Like It” featured green lasers slicing through the crowd and dozens of giant white balloons emblazoned with his initials falling from the rafters; Iglesias then reprised “Tonight (I’m Lovin’ You)” in its parental-guidance-suggested form, and received an assist from surprise guest Ludacris, who popped up onstage in a natty suit to deliver a fiery rap.

It was a suitable ending to keep the crowd – which mostly filled the arena, with some pockets of empty seats in the upper level – pumped for Lopez’s spectacle, which began at about 10:15 p.m. with a cadre of top-hatted men with canes dancing in a Busby Berkeley-inspired opening.

“Hello, lovers,” Lopez purred a few minutes later, arriving from a platform beneath the stage.

Aerobicize with J. Lo! Photo credit: Robb D. Cohen/

Aerobicize with J. Lo! Photo credit: Robb D. Cohen/

Anyone who has seen any Lopez performance knows she’s an incredible dancer, and she immediately pushed those skills to the forefront with a nifty cane routine performed in her sequined, form-enhancing body suit (is there a magic portal that could make us all look like Lopez? Please?).

Oh, she was also singing “Get Right,” but between the awesome dance moves, wind machines and puffs of dry ice and fire, who was paying attention? Lopez’s two backup singers seemed to take on the heavy lifting during the uptempo songs, but really, is anyone going to a J. Lo show for a display of vocal prowess?

That said, she can sing, best evidenced during her mid-set tribute to Selena, whom she portrayed in the 1997 film named for the Tejano singer. With a heartfelt introduction (prefaced by noting that Mary J. Blige, who performed at Chastain Tuesday night, was in the house), Lopez sang “No Me Queda Mas” beautifully, her red cape billowing behind her for extra effect.

But, prior to that, she mostly impressed with her exceedingly graceful dance moves, her enviable curves making all of her movements super-hot.

Lopez’s six-piece band turned out crisp, funkified versions of “Love Don’t Cost a Thing” and the fizzy club banger “Waiting for Tonight,” one of her first hits from 1999, as she and a couple of female dancers cavorted around, but not on, a stripper pole-like apparatus.

Unlike Iglesias’ bachelor pad-type set, Lopez’s was a Cher-worthy production, with a boxing ring set up for “Goin’ In,” male dancers who happily shed their shirts for “Papi,” and her own handful of costume and set changes, such as the one that returned Jenny to the block.

Try this move, kids. Photo credit: Robb D. Cohen/

Try this move, kids. Photo credit: Robb D. Cohen/

Wearing a sparkly halter top and matching pants that spotlighted her abs, Lopez donned a New York Yankees baseball cap and joked that wearing it in certain cities, “like Boston,” gets her in trouble.

But there is no removing the Bronx from the girl, who paid tribute with a set featuring a schoolyard fence and lounge chairs to represent her street upbringing, and rolled through portions of “I’m Real,” “All I Have” and “Ain’t It Funny,” before the obvious “Jenny from the Block.”

No doubt Lopez likes to have fun onstage, and she indulged her Latino fans with a fierce version of “Let’s Get Loud,” the Gloria Estefan castoff she’s made her own. In a sequined shirt and fedora, Lopez began the song banging on a conga, and throughout the salsa-infused sizzler, showcased her ballroom dancing skills.

While some of her hits, such as “On the Floor,” are little more than a slamming beat and repetitive lyrics, when done well they serve their purpose as mindless entertainment imploring listeners to “put your drinks up.”

Some nights, that’s good enough.

(For more photos from last night’s show, check out our gallery.)

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By Melissa Ruggieri, Atlanta Music Scene

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Disgruntled fan

August 30th, 2012
6:25 am

Friken garage they cancelled orlando


August 30th, 2012
6:36 am

I had hot dogs for dinner.


August 30th, 2012
8:26 am

oh they were here….i am more excited to watch georgia state football than to hear about jlo and julio’s son being here


August 30th, 2012
8:28 am

I went to see her last month. She surprised me. She easily one of the best performers in the BIZ.
Definitely the best dancer.

Local fan

August 30th, 2012
9:12 am

Anyone know when The Sweetdick Jane is playing again?


August 30th, 2012
9:26 am

jlo was great! enrique please RETIRE!


August 30th, 2012
10:30 am

Enrique was great. JLo can’t sing. The show in a nutshell.


August 30th, 2012
11:01 am

J-LO is and entertainer and a performer, how many can you count who actually sings. The legs aren’t going as high anymore, she’s closer to 50 now and looks great. Enrique stands and sings, no comparison, the ladies swoon. They both do their job for your money spent.


August 30th, 2012
11:22 am

i was there at the show and i must say jlo was awesome! For her age shes amazing, shes gorgeous and talented in every way enrique iglesias is. She can do everything! Enrique can sing all the same songs over and over and his fans will say hes great. Hes older in person and to be honest hes aged really bad! He looks 10 years older then his age and hes really skinny and dirty looking. He used to be a good looking guy. I dont care for his drinking on stage and i dont care for him constantly bringing fans on stage and wasting my money and time! He looks sad and depressed! He never looks happy as a person anymore. Jlo looks happy and totally into her show. Shes as sweet as she is talented and beautiful!


August 30th, 2012
11:24 am

Enrique iglesias is the f—-cking worst singer in the world. I cannot stand to hear his rotten voice anymore!

ginko 1

August 30th, 2012
11:26 am

Really what the hell happened to enrique iglesias? he needs a good burger and a bucket of fried chicken! oooooooooooooooohhhhhhhhhhhhhhh and that stinking voice! Please stay home!

lost inside her love

August 30th, 2012
11:30 am

Guys please ease up on enrique. I think hes having some problems in his life. He looks unhappy and for some reason he hides it behind his songs. Maybe this new song ‘finally found you’ will prove to his fans hes not over someone he loved a long time ago. It hurts when your heart is broken and can never heal. I like his music and so many of his songs sound like hes singing about this lost girl. be strong enrique.


August 30th, 2012
12:47 pm

I THOUGHT HES GAY? Isnt that why hes always bringing gay guys up on stage? LMFAO!

erica bb

August 30th, 2012
1:09 pm

Hes not gay. Hes been with anna kournikova for more then 10 years but that doesnt say much! Maybe she turned him! WHAT IS HE DOING WITH HER ANYWAY? hE CAN HAVE ANY GIRL HE WANYS.

frank white

August 30th, 2012
1:56 pm

Wonderful writing….VERY CREATIVE!

gabby London

August 30th, 2012
2:36 pm

when i hear his sad songs i think hes singing about someone he still loves too. They are very beautiful songs too. I wish i was that girl.


August 30th, 2012
4:11 pm

@therealtruth: JLo can do anything? You are joking, right? She has a terrible voice and lip-syncs most of her songs. She can dance a bit but why would anyone pay to see her in concert? If I want to see silly costumes, wind machines, sparkly catsuits (which are very unflattering), scantily dressed dancers and all that fluff she uses, I will go to Vegas. When I go to a concert, I want to hear an artist actually sing. I am no fan of Enrique’s but at least he can sing and doesn’t cheat the audience. Plus he has a real connection with his fans, he is an experienced touring artist.


August 30th, 2012
5:28 pm

Enrique can sing? LLMFAO maybe in his language, but not in english. He is a joke of an artist and cant sell out shows! Atlantic City couldnt sell out. The same thing happened with Orlando and another show. Its not JLO, She should have had picked some other artist to tour with her, anyone would have been better then this enrique guy. Hes like a robot! You know whats coming. Same old sh-t all the time. Same old songs all the time. If i hear and see another video of him singing Hero ill vomit. Hes a joke and JLO now sees it.


August 30th, 2012
6:19 pm

Enrique is talented with a couple Grammys under his belt. And he has toured for years, his tour Euphoria was named one of the hottest tours last year. JLo has been around since the late 90’s and has only toured twice; once with Marc Anthony who is an amazing singer and now with Enrique. She can’t tour solo because she can’t sing live. No matter how much fluff she uses in her show (a boxing ring? A throne? Seriously??) she can’t hide the painful truth that her voice is weak.


August 30th, 2012
6:56 pm

Enrique did plenty of lip-syncs in his days! Hottest tour? please people dont even know who he is unless you mention his legend of a father JULIO IGLESIAS. UMMMM I believe AMERICAN IDOL should ring a bell. How many movies has she done? how many records has she sold? She can do it all. Lets just face the fact here that JLO did enrique a big huge favor letting him tour with her. I understand he needs the money, i read somewhere hes broke! You enrique fans should all get together and chip in and buy him some new clothes and shoes if you really want to help him. He looks like a dirty filthy slob on stage. Jlo puts on a show, shes a woman and its expected of her, has nothing to do with her talent. Get over it already! Enrique could also crack a smile once in awhile it wouldnt hurt him! Plus, they are good friends and know each other for a long time. He neede her help and she was kind enough to do it!


August 30th, 2012
7:05 pm

Hey guys, theres one thing you left out about enrique iglesias…….. Just look who he chose to be his girlfriend for the last 10 years. Anna Kournikova. The biggest wh-re i know that came to this country and slept with every guy she could and her father is in the Russian Mob and is a well known criminal! That says alot foe enrique iglesias!


August 30th, 2012
7:56 pm

I would pay every month to see them again if they come to Texas every damn month period. They are the BEST out there.


August 30th, 2012
8:31 pm

I am not a fan of Enrique’s but the guy is talented and has 2 Grammy awards. His tour Euphoria was a big success last year and his fans are extremely loyal.
JLo can’t sing, period! Lipsyncing and autotune are the words that define her. Her voice is terrible and her music dated.
What the heck does Enrique’s girlfriend have to do with this article? He seems to be private and discreet about his personal life and maybe JLo can learn a lesson from him. On a second thought, if she didn’t learn anything from Marc, who is a very private and classy man, there is no hope, lol!


August 30th, 2012
8:54 pm

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August 30th, 2012
9:13 pm

2 Concerts already canceled, Anaheim and Orlando in one month due to poor tickets sales, doesn’t that sound like failure? and Jlo want to make a 3D Concert Film, and a Las Vegas Show, this women has some mental health issues?


August 30th, 2012
9:59 pm

@marie…. his choice of girlfriend has alot to say with the people he choses to be with which is not much to say about him. He has no class at all. Not even for himself about the way he dresses and looks. JLO is pure class marc anthony is a class act and they are still good friends and loving parents. this has nothing to do with who is a better entertainer. Its your opinion against everyone elses. I dont care what jlo wears, shes a class act and a good person and a great entertainer and you can ask enrique iglesias what he thinks of her…. He has only good wonderful things to say about her as well. She wanted to help him and obviously people dont want to see him and thats why shows dont sell out and shows are cancelled. Every artist has devoted fans, not only enriqu iglesias!


August 30th, 2012
10:06 pm

ya all talking about this enrique iglesias whose the father famous julio iglesias. no comparison. his father is pure elegance! jlo is cracking hot in every way1 love her woooohooooo1


August 30th, 2012
10:10 pm

i saw enrique in person in Miami last year. he looks nothing like he does on stage! dont know what they do to him but hes rail skinny and pale as a ghost and dresses like hes homeless and hes BALD!!!! if i never heard him sing again i would be very happy.


August 30th, 2012
10:11 pm

I think Ted is correct, they way Jlo has been acting out in public and her private life she does have some serious issues, I think Marc should stepped up to the plate and have her analyzed before someone gets hurt, she even talks like she living in a fantasyland world when she talking in a interview, like when she play the Selena movie, “wishing on a star theme”, I’m not kidding, listen to her next interview and make your own conclusions?


August 30th, 2012
10:54 pm

Has anybody ever heard enrique iglesias talk? In every interview he acts like hes 5 years old. Hes also a big liar and he could hardly get his words out. At least JLO talks the truth. Marc has no problem with her. Theyre very good friends and parents and respect each other very much. I think enrique should be analyzed if hes a drunk now or hes Bipolar!


August 31st, 2012
6:04 am

@frieda “his choice of girlfriend has alot to say with the people he choses to be with which is not much to say about him. He has no class at all”t’s
Let’s not get into the subject of class or choosing a mate. Just have a look at Lopez’s boyfriend and it will tell you much about her class or lack of it, LOL!


August 31st, 2012
8:42 am

Why because Jlos boyfriend is much younger then her? Theres nothing wrong with that. Shes a gorgeous young woman who looks half her age. At least her choice of BF is not anything like enriques choice. Anna kournikova is a well known wh-re and comes from the lowest form of family from Russia. Her father is in the Russian Mob and is a well known criminal there. The people you chose to be with or be around has alot to say about who you are and enrique has no class at all! Hes nothing like his father or his brother at least they have decent woman. Sounds like you could be a little jealous that jlo can get such a younger guy. I hear worse things written about enriques choice of girlfriend then i do of jlos choice of boyfriend. It doesnt matter, what does is that jlo is a much better performer and singer then enrique and whats happening now with the shows being cancelled and not selling out is all do to enrique iglesias. Nobody wants to see him or him him TRYING to sing! LOL.


August 31st, 2012
9:16 am

Why are we even talking about Enrique’s girlfriend? And I think it’s tacky that the person who wrote the previous comment calls her names. Not cool! Enrique shows class when he keeps his personal life private.


August 31st, 2012
9:28 am

Here is a sample from fan reviews who actually went to the concerts:

“I originally thought JLO would be the best part of the show. Boy was I wrong! Enrique not only is a great singer but he is a people person. He was all about the audience and their experience where JLO was all about herself. I am now an Enrique groupie!”

“Jennifer Lopez sounded nothing like her cd! Almost everyone sat down and did not applaud after her songs. She focused on dancing, which made her singing faint and sounding out of breath”

“Bottom line, Enrique was very engaging, proactive, and entertaining, he kept talking to the audience brought two of them on the stage and was great… on the other hand JLo was a total Diva, she was very theatrical, no interaction with the audience,… very cheap… I had to leave in the middle of her show, so glad Enrique was first and got to watch his performance to the end.”

“I didn’t expect Enrique Iglesias to be that good. I am a fan now. I LOVED the way he interacted with the fans. We sat in the six row and most of the JLO’s show was towards the very front of the stage, so that was disappointing. She hardly interacted with the fans”


August 31st, 2012
9:29 am

I think its wrong hating on both of them. Enrique and JLO are good friends and love each other and know each other for a long time. I dont think its nice to say anything bad about either of them. im a jlo fan but have to say enriques a little bit weird when it comes to his personal private life. Its his choice to keep his life as private as he wants but when youre interviewed and asked about your girlfriend, dont lie! Instead be proud and happy. I guess hes really not. I hope they have a great time whats left of their tour together.


August 31st, 2012
9:35 am

@SANDRA give me a f—cing break. now youre posting quotes of what his big old fat fans post. i can start posting what jlos fans say too but it will take me hours! get over it already. jlos a star and loved. enrique does the same sh-t over and over and over again. interact with your fans? bravo for him. so he goes into the audience, big f—ng deal. he needs to do that to get attention. he s-ck as a singer!


August 31st, 2012
9:39 am

woooooohoooooo enrique interacts with his fans! HAHAHAHA What else does he do on stage? Drink, sit and talk to fans like hes having lunch, run around like a fool. Dont forget those stupid balloons he kicks around and all that cheap confetti flying all over the place and the worst lighting show ever! Now, you talk about jlo being flashy? LMFAO


August 31st, 2012
9:42 am

my friend was a hero girl 3 years ago and she told me he smells really bad. body odor and all. she couldnt wait to get off the stage. maybe it was his clothes he wears that needs a good washing.


August 31st, 2012
9:44 am

Bottom line: JLo can’t sing.

and again

August 31st, 2012
9:51 am

Bottom line….enrique cant sing,dance, entertain, or even be professional on stage! jlo must be very sorry she asks enrique to tour with her. Thank go hes done this weekend!

Oh well

August 31st, 2012
10:54 am

Without Enrique and his fans, this tour would have failed. Lopez can’t have concerts where she dances around and lipsyncs for less than an hour. No amount of glitz and fluff could have saved her solo act and she knows it. Don’t you wonder that she had only toured twice and both times with other artists?
First with Marc who is really an amazing singer and a true superstar. And now with Enrique.

and again

August 31st, 2012
11:12 am

Enrique needed the help money wise and to get him more noticed in the USA. Thats why jlo asked him. Their friends, she has a kind heart and wanted to help him, otherwise he would be sitting doing nothing! Ask yourself, whose tour is this? who asked who to tour with them? just face the fact hes not as talented as jlo. maybe hes talented at ramming his tongue down girls throats when he sings his booooooooooooooring Hero song over a million times! He is a cutie. ill let him have that, nothing else. Cant sing, No talent!


August 31st, 2012
11:15 am

This enrique guy is not his GREAT FATHER! why are you jlo nfans wasting your time on him? We jlo fans know whose talented and whose not!


August 31st, 2012
11:17 am

This is getting boring as hell! Please stop comparing apples to oranges. I just read Enrique Iglesias declined joining Aerican Idol Show. LMFAO! Can he really fill the seat where jlo did? LOL


August 31st, 2012
11:20 am

Enrique can never be his Legend father JULIO IGLESIAS! Just look at how they both dress and carry themselves. Julio is a class act and enrique is a immature joke! No comparison! Enrique is lucky he has his fathers good genes and also his mothers good genes as far as looks go otherwise he would be nowhere!!


August 31st, 2012
11:22 am

TONIGHT IM F—-NG YOU??????? nice song to sing for your young fans! enough said!


August 31st, 2012
11:23 am


August 31st, 2012
12:23 pm

The question remains: How come that Lopez has only toured twice in her long 15-year career? She is smart enough to know her limitations. She didn’t do Enrique any favors, he is a big plus on the tour. I am not a fan but he has an impressive resume, with 50 mil album sales and 2 Grammys.
The first time she toured with Marc and only because they were married. Marc is probably the best male singer in the world and only collaborates with serious, talented artists. No way he would tour with someone as vocally challenged as Lopez now, lol!

By the way, Julio is indeed a legend!

and again

August 31st, 2012
12:42 pm

You got that right his father is a legend! something enrique will never be! So why dont you go and sit down and eat some ice cream on your fat a-s and accept the fact jlo is amazing and enrique is not. He ruined her tour. She would never say it but sure she knows it. Youre not a fan of enrique but seem t know an awful lot about him! Please Dont compare good with bad! Maybe it was her choice not to tour as much as he did, she does have a decent life. Enrique seems to not have one. Marc would do anything for jlo! including touring with her. Once again she did enrique a big huge favor! He neede her and the money and to get noticed in the USA? why isnt he touring with her for the rest of her tour? Thank god hes not! Now sit down and eat your ice cream on your far a-s and get over the fact that enrique is a nothing! JLO is awesome in every way! now, LMAO