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ENRIQUE IGLESIAS

ENRIQUE IGLESIAS

ENRIQUE IGLESIAS

Enrique Iglesias is a member of the one hundred million plus club. This is a landmark precious few artists and writers ever reach. You're talking about the illustrious likes of ABBA, U2, Elvis Presley, Madonna or Fifty Shades of Grey author EL James. This Spanish stud also gets rather saucy.

The 39-year-old youngest child of singer Julio Iglesias and Spanish socialite and journalist Isabel Preysler is the second biggest selling Latin artist of all time. The Madrid heart-throb is smack bang in the middle of his Love and Sex (Sexo Y Amor) tour.

When his father played here last May, it was an extremely underwhelming show, but his son doesn't repeat any of dad's mistakes.

Iglesias Junior adopts the old showbiz trick of keeping them waiting. High-octane dance remixes of popular chart hits pour out over the PA. A cameraman further stokes anticipation by filming the crowd.

Enrique finally appears from a trap door in the middle of a gigantic stage to the strains of the throbbing pop of 'I'm A Freak'. A close to capacity crowd frantically bob along like a packed bouncing castle on a stormy crossing to Holyhead.

Enrique has plenty of bells and whistles up his sleeve. About half a dozen songs into his set, he ups sticks with his band and pops up on a temporary stage directly in front of the balcony, which enables him to directly connect with his adoring fan base. A fine cover of Ben E. King's 'Stand By Me' ensures the entire auditorium is still swaying and singling along.

As he chats and connects with his audience, Enrique comes across as an immensely likeable and affable guy. He also looks at least a decade younger than a man who is turning 40 next year.

The performance of the Spanish mega-star indicates there should be a few more decades to the good left in his glittering career. His swooning Dublin fans certainly won't forget him in a hurry.

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