Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013 | 11:31 p.m.
With eight backup dancers, young pop sensation Selena Gomez took the stage at Mandalay Bay Events Center on Saturday night with her Stars Dance tour. All matching in white, the dancers and Gomez impressed fans with their dance skills and her vocals.
The 21-year-old former Disney Channel sensation (“The Wizards of Waverly Place”) and the ex-girlfriend of some singer named Justin Bieber, announced that this was her first time being in Las Vegas when she was actually 21.
Fans enjoyed Gomez performing on her red S-shaped stage in the middle of part of the audience that was attached to the main stage. She soaked it all in, touching screaming fans’ hands as she sang.
Her setlist included “Stars Dance,” “Come & Get It,” “Bang, Bang, Bang,” “Round and Round,” “Like a Champion,” “B.E.A.T.,” “Write Your Name,” “Birthday,” “Love You Like a Love Song,” “Love Will Remember,” “Who Says,” “Naturally,” “Undercover” and more.
Two highlights of the evening included Gomez performing a cover of Katy Perry’s No. 1 hit “Roar.” The young audience sang and danced along more with this song than any of the actress and singer’s own songs.
The other was when Gomez discussed how when she feels pressure from others, she thinks back to one of her favorite childhood songs titled “Dream.” In a black dress and a sparkling diamond headband, she sang from the middle of the crowd on her S-shaped stage with a spotlight on her.
Gomez surprised everyone with a harmonica solo during that piece. She ended the evening with a bang and sang her current hit “Slow Down.” White confetti and red streamers covered the audience by the end of the concert.
Nineteen-year-old YouTube sensation Christina Grimmie opened the night for Gomez. She sang and played “With Love,” stunning those in the events center with her vocal range.
California boy band Emblem3 took the stage after Grimmie. Teenage girls screamed in excitement when the boys sang their hit song “3,000 Miles.”
Thanks to contributing photographer Tom Donoghue for his photo gallery.