Ricky Martin spices up Brisbane with enthusiastic show
IF YOU'RE looking for class, charisma, and sex appeal in a performer, then Ricky Martin's your man.
Thousands of screaming fans packed out the Brisbane Entertainment Centre on Wednesday night to watch international superstar Ricky Martin light up the stage.
Nigerian-born Australian singer and dancer Timomatic warmed up the crowd by showing off his dance moves and vocal range with hit songs Set It Off, If Looks Could Kill, Parachute and his new track Waterfalls.
The energetic performer was clearly having fun and paid tribute to his humble beginnings, thanking reality TV shows like So You Think You Can Dance Australia and Australia's Got Talent for kick-starting his career.
As the main act got underway, Ricky Martin entered the stage with a bang, rising up from beneath the stage basked in beams of blue light.
Although a little stiff and detached during his first two songs Come With Me and Shake Your Bon-Bon, Ricky really loosened up after engaging with the crowd.
In an intimate moment, he urged the audience to let all of their stress disappear and come together "as one".
"I'm going to pour my soul out on stage tonight," the Puerto Rican pop star said, and he did not disappoint.
The singer boasted powerful vocals and seductive dance moves to other hits including Livin' la Vida Loca, with chiselled, topless male guitarists rocking out behind him.
The show-stopper of the night was the She Bangs performance, which saw female back-up dancers play-fighting to win Ricky's attention.
But leave it to a seasoned pro like Ricky to bring a touch of class to an otherwise sexualised performance.
The guest star of the night was former The Voice Australia contestant Caterina Torres, who appeared for two duets, including Nobody Wants To Be Lonely.
Caterina was Ricky's protégée during his stint as mentor and judge on the reality TV show and made sure to show off her "pure Australian talent".
In true Ricky Martin fashion, he revealed his humility by declaring his work on The Voice Australia as a "highlight of my career".
With his endearing megawatt smile and fast-paced hip-shaking, he brought the show to a climax by imploring the crowd to dance with him and forget about their troubles.
With the support of his talented dance team and band, Ricky Martin brought a little bit of Latin America down under and showed he's still got the right moves after more than two decades in the business.
He will next appear in Sydney on October 18 as part of his Australian tour.
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