Air Canada Centre, Toronto - Sept 29, 2011

Latino heartthrob Enrique Iglesias brought his Euphoria Tour to the Air Canada Centre in Toronto on...

Latino heartthrob Enrique Iglesias brought his Euphoria Tour to the Air Canada Centre in Toronto on Thursday, September 29 to a packed house and opened up with the mega-hit "Tonight I'm Loving You" followed up with "Dirty Dancer" feat. Lil Wayne whop appeared on a video screen behind Iglesias . (Jack Boland / QMI Agency)

Jane Stevenson, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:35 AM ET

Spanish pop singer Enrique Iglesias, currently on the comeback trail after the success of his 2010 album, Euphoria, had his work cut out for him on Thursday night at the Air Canada Centre.

The reason?

Miami rapper Pitbull, Iglesias’ collaborator on Euphoria’s big hit, I Like It, whose high energy 45-minute opening set saw the bald, sunglasses wearing dynamo decked out in a slick black suit and busting some crazy dance moves on a catwalk that extended out from the stage in front of 12,000 screaming fans.

It was hard to figure out if they’d come for Iglesias or Pitbull - whose real name is Armando Christian Pérez.

Or both maybe?

Whoever they came for, Pitbull was a hard to pin down, roving performer backed by a huge band and his set list included high profile collaborations with JLo (On The Floor) and Usher (DJ’s Got Us Fallin’ In Love), plus his own smash hits, I Know You Want Me - as in “Uno, dos, tres, quatro,” - Hotel Room Service and Give Me Everything.

Iglesias, meanwhile, dressed down in jeans, layered t-shirts, and a black baseball hat, opened with Tonight (I’m Lovin’ You) producing major screams as he waved his hands encouraging even more volume in a gesture he would repeat as the night wore on.

“Toronto - you ready to get crazy?” said Iglesias before he went to the X-rated lyrical version of the song.

“How many people speak Spanish?” he asked later as he broke into his first Spanish language song of the night, No Me Digas Que No.

But it was Bailamos - “let the rhythm take you over, Bailamos,” that was the first undisputed highlight of the evening due in no small part to the Spanish guitar playing.

Iglesias finally ventured out on the long catwalk while remembering his humble beginnings in T.O as a kid who signed a record contract and picked where he could record it by twirling a globe and stopping it with his finger.

Such is life when you’re the son of Julio.

“I remember being 18 years old and moving to Toronto,” said Iglesias. “S--t I was just a kid out of high school. All I did was eat Chinese food and watch porn.”

Then despite a crowd of adoring, screaming females, Iglesias invited a guy named Eli up on stage with him and poured him shots and asked him if he could sing.

He could not but he seemed to be enjoying drinking with Iglesias.

Duran Duran’s Come Undone on Spanish guitar nicely preceded Iglesias’ own Be With You and then confetti heralded Escape as he dangled over one side of the stage to high-five audience members.

But it was when Iglesias snuck to the back of the floor to a smaller stage and broke out his huge hit, Hero, that the crowd really went nuts; especially when he dragged a young woman up and serenaded her while slow dancing.

Then the top strap of her halter top broke and she sank to her knees and buried her head between his feet.

“You’re in Canada, you can do whatever the hell you want!” he said to her as they finally embraced, kissed and disappeared beneath the stage before he re-emerged back on the catwalk.

Finally it was time to break out the big Euphoria hit, I Like It, with white balloons floating through the arena and Pitbull back on the catwalk in a white blazer and doing his crazy dance moves, before a reprise of Tonight (I’m Loving You).

Still, fun that it was, clocking in at a mere hour-and-five-minute, Iglesias’ set ended far too soon.

 


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