|(Ernest Doroszuk, Sun Media)
TORONTO - Poor ol' JLo.
She finally goes on the road for the first time ever after releasing seven albums in the past eight years -- the most recent one, Brave, this past Tuesday -- and all anyone can talk about is whether she's knocked up.
A recent picture of Jenny From The Block's growing tummy underneath one of several billowing, stomach-hiding costumes that she's currently favouring on stage has only fanned the gossip flames, which she refuses to confirm.
US magazine declares Jennifer Lopez, who has never missed an opportunity in the past to show off her flat stomach, is four months along and expecting twins and they've never been wrong before have they?
Lopez remaining mum on the subject isn't a total surprise.
She never announced her marriage to fellow singer and husband No. 3, Marc Anthony either, and now the couple is on the road together with a co-headlining tour that arrived at the Air Canada Centre last night. (Possibly with their future kids in tow?)
That's a good news/bad news scenario.
Of the two singers, you can probably guess which one's the better belter in both English and Spanish.
Anthony, who recently co-starred opposite his wife in the Hector Lavoe bio-pic, El Cantante, which came and went from North American theatres earlier this year, possesses a powerful tenor that has catapulted him to the title of best-selling salsa singer of all time.
For Lopez, it's more about coming up with some kick-ass dance moves to distract and divert from her weak voice.
JLo can usually shake her ample behind with the best of them given her Fly Girl history on In Living Color but with an apparent bun in the oven, Lopez's movements were kept to a minimum -- she performed them in short spurts with the exception of Get Right -- and let her dancers take over most of the A-moves.
Lopez's hour-and-10-minute closing set kicked off with some fireworks and Do It Well, the upbeat dance single from Brave, but was followed by more crowd-pleasing hits like Jenny From the Block, If You Had My Love, Waiting for Tonight, Love Don't Cost a Thing, and Let's Get Loud.
"Canada, this is so exciting!," she said. "It's one thing to be on tour for the first time ever, but it's another to get all this love. I'm just glad you all came out to share with us."
Anthony, meanwhile, was a lively and engaging entertainer during his opening hour-and-15-minute set, singing and dancing enthusiastically alongside his 15-piece band scattered across three levels of platforms behind him.
He also interacted often with the crowd, offering an outstretched hand or blowing a kiss or getting thrown a flag from the audience (at last count he had collected four).
While introducing one of two English-language tunes he performed, You Sang to Me, he explained that he wrote it many years ago for "a cute, adorable girl" he knew.
"She's now my wife," he added.
But the big moment came during loud and sustained screams and applause just as his set was coming to a close.
Anthony moved away from his microphone and repeatedly held his hand to his chest, finally falling to his knees and kissing the floor of his stage.
"Thank you, God bless you, thank you," he said humbly before collecting himself.
Turns out just as many people came for Anthony, who also performed his big crossover hit I Need to Know last night, as they did for his tabloid-darling wife.
Their show-ending, hand-holding duets were sweet but didn't pack anywhere near the punch of Anthony's solo set.