Selena Gomez has been forced by circumstances beyond her control to move her Revival concert in Toronto from Sunday to today, Wednesday. The result? A showdown between Selena and Beyoncé. Now Toronto audiences will be forced to choose: Selena Gomez or Beyoncé? Revival or Lemonade?
How did it come to this? Well first, The Toronto Raptors surprised all NBA aficionados by beating LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers twice in a row in Toronto, effectively canceling the Raptors’ scheduled game at the Air Canada Center (where Selena is performing) for Wednesday.
As they say, life is what happens when you’re too busy making plans. And life couldn’t have planned this better. Two divas, one at the Air Canada Center, and the other at The Rogers Arena. Toronto residents are thereby touting Wednesday night as “Jurassic Park.” Translation: They are expecting a traffic of stampede proportions.
Beyoncé and Selena both have their concerts next to each other tonight! pic.twitter.com/iGfFA0W3kW— Beyoncé Capital (@BeyonceCapital) May 25, 2016
Kudos to Selena Gomez, she has been gracious enough to accommodate a change of this magnitude, as only Selena can. It must have required a lot of last-minute changes in logistics, as well as mental conditioning. Had the same thing happened to, say, Justin Bieber, it could have put the “Sorry” singer’s multitasking skills in a bad light, even if Bieber is known as a way better dancer than his ex-girlfriend Selena. And boy, does Selena Gomez have a show for her Lemonade opponent tonight. As a result, Global News has issued the following warning.
“It’s best to stay out of the downtown core Wednesday night if you have issues with large crowds. A good chunk of Toronto from the Rogers Center to the Air Canada Center will be packed to the brim as several high-profile events take the main stage.”
Tonight will be the most traffic you'll see downtown since Caribana.— OXTAIL GAWD (@ThatDudeMCFLY) May 25, 2016
Beyonce @ Skydome
Selena Gomez @ ACC
While the Selena Gomez concert starts at 7:30 p.m., Beyoncé’s starts at 8:30 p.m. And of course, with teleportation or time travel not having been invented yet, Torontonians as well as city visitors, are now under pressure to choose between the two acts. It’s Selena or Beyoncé; they can’t have both.
Toronto, by the way, is the fourth largest city in North America, bested only by Mexico City, New York, and Los Angeles. Population: 2.6 million and still growing. Divided between two divas this Wednesday night, downtown Toronto could well be in a state of sheer mayhem before and after the two concerts.
As The Star reveals, choosing between Selena Gomez or Beyoncé could prove really difficult for a lot of people. After all, both stars are extremely popular. For fans of one or the other, choosing will not be a problem. The problem begins when the chooser happens to like both. So this is why the dilemma partakes of the nature of a love triangle, as the chooser will essentially be “torn between two lovers,” in a manner of speaking.
And, because two mega concerts on the same day rarely happen, audiences couldn’t have planned enough for this eventuality. Besides, the odds are so evened out in both the Selena and the Beyoncé performances. For example, Gomez no longer has the innocent-girl appeal that she used to have. In her manner of dressing, her show’s choreography and overall special effects, Selena can now manage to give Beyoncé a run for her money.
Selena even has a very popular segment in her Revival show where she seems to completely bare herself and appears to be showering. As such, she has somehow learned to chase after Beyoncé mature audience. And, while, Beyoncé may have more powerful vocals, the songs in the Selena Gomez repertoire are very popular among the “Hands To Myself” singer’s 80.6 million Instagram followers.
Judging from the frenzy that the Selena-Beyoncé contest is generating on social media, some sort of a betting game may have already started. Also, since taping is expressly forbidden in a live performance, it’s not as easy as recording a show on the DVR in order to be able to watch it later.
Therefore, it would be very interesting to see who will win this contest, Selena or Beyoncé? Even the fashion content of say, Revival is contentious to Formation, as Beyoncé formally calls her Lemonade concert. Beyoncé and her dancers may sport cool outfits at her show, but Selena Gomez has some really fresh couture that can make the “Irreplaceable” singer look a bit shabby, at times. Besides, there is a reason to believe that Beyoncé might have cheapened her brand image considerably since she started associating herself with the word lemonade. Surely, there couldn’t be a better time for Selena Gomez to challenge her authority in a war of concerts.
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