SPANISH pop singer Enrique Iglesias brought euphoria to the arena on Monday night as he launched into his UK tour dates.
As you would expect, all eyes were on Iglesias, especially after he started the concert 20 minutes late. But when he arrived on stage looking like he’d stepped out of a Calvin Klein ad, all was forgiven.
Wearing a simple blue T-shirt, jeans and a cap, he charmed the audience with a radio-friendly version of Tonight (I’m Loving You) from the Euphoria album, and then the same song, but with ruder lyrics. Oh, Enrique, you naughty boy!
After the song finished, he stood on stage lapping up the moment as hundreds of Geordie lasses spurred him on. He continued with Heartbeat, and then a back catalogue of tracks that were both hit and hunk parade.
The tunes came fast and furious while two ladies of a certain age (both called Tracy) were plucked from the audience for a personal smooch, drink and serenade from Enrique.
For me, his songs have special meaning and captured memories of my wedding to perfection.
Song-wise, it was upbeat hits – Bailamos, Be With You, Do You Know, and the Lionel Richie-sampling dance hit I Like It – which came across best during the performance.
As fans chanted for more, the lights went out and a massive roar went up.
Looking around, the screaming was coming from the back of the arena. Enrique appeared on a small stage engulfed in fans where he sang Hero before returning to the main stage for Escape before relenting to the endless chants for more, signing off with a reprise of Tonight.
Earlier, support act Lemar filled the venue in record time, and sang 50:50 and If There’s Any Justice in the World to perfection, but only Enrique was going to please such a hyped up crowd.