Enrique Iglesias – the Grammy award winning Latin singer, songwriter and musician – made a stop at Amway Center in Orlando, FL for his 2011 Euphoria Tour which has featured Prince Royce and Pitbull throughout his United States tour. The latter, although they are somewhat newcomers to the music industry have quickly acclaimed top music charts and radio spots and music award winners, each performed their select hit songs. The tour is named after Enrique Iglesias’ first bilingual album of his 15 year successful career. The three years of work put into the album ‘Euphoria’ consists of reggae, pop, tropical and dance that also includes his pop hits ‘Hero’ and ‘Bailamos’ with the collaboration of Wisin y Yandel, Pitbull, Usher, Juan Luis Guerra among others. “I didn’t plan it to be this way, but I think that mostly, when you have both languages, when you have collaborations with artist of genres totally different from those I have done, that has made the album to be so diverse musically,” commented Enrique.
The last minute and unexpected notice only allowed witnessing Enrique Iglesias’ performance after a 1 ½ hour drive from Tampa but not a disappointment at all. The euphoria was felt as soon as one stepped inside Amway Center as Enrique Iglesias was belting out ‘Bailamos’. Who could be seated and not sing and dance to such an upbeat tempo. It didn’t take long to be transformed into a screaming teenager no matter your age, race or gender. Even the floor was shaking. (continues after ad)
So much adrenaline, Enrique was energetic getting everyone into Enrique concert mode not that they weren’t already into concert mode, covering most of the stage, mingling with his fans, extending his hand to touch the farthest fan he could. “Orlando are you ready? Forget all your worries tonight,” stated Enrique. Yes we definitely did. Among his selected songs were ‘No me digas que no’, ‘Dirty Dancer’, ‘Tonight’, ‘I know you want me’, ‘Cuando me enamoro’ which is also the theme song and title of a Spanish soap opera. The latter song he mentioned his O-town girlfriend when he was 15, “I told her someday I’m going to be someone.” Indeed he is.
Enrique chose a male among the fans, Gary from India, they both sat comfortably on stage as they were old pals reminiscing and to top it off a toast before Enrique started singing ‘Lloro por Ti’. Enrique asked if he knew Spanish, “Oh yes, suavemente,” Gary replied. It was hilarious especially when Enrique put the microphone up to Gary’s mouth as to sing but he belted out ‘suavemente’ again. Poor Gary was in another singer/genre mode.
An intro that seemed it would never end and too long for Enrique to start singing gave time for an increase in security. Someone stated, “He’s going to be right in front of us,” immediately fans moved to closer empty seats. Enrique emerged onto a secondary stage near the soundboard just within a few feet from us. He wore a black hooded sweatshirt as to hide in his stage changeover but immediately took it off. Enrique directed security to let the fans get closer. It took a little longer for Enrique to start singing as he kept telling his fans to get closer and greeted those that were too far to go down to the main stage floor. Without hesitation fans that were able to get closer surrounded Enrique. As soon as he was content, he finally started singing his ballad ‘Hero’. A few seconds into the song, he selected a fortunate female among his fans to join him on stage. She continuously hugged Enrique as he sang to her although they did manage to separate as she sang along but quickly embraced again and he did kiss her to put the icing on her cake for a long time.
Pitbull, Prince Royce and Enrique himself sang to a packed house, a big party house filled with special lighting, confetti and huge white beach balls that emerged as Enrique started singing ‘I like it’ featuring the reappearance of Pitbull on stage. It was an amazing performance to finish off their finale song together.
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