Shakira performed, on Saturday, before about 20,000 people, in Bucharest’s Constitution Square, and had to battle not only fierce rain, in the first half of the show, but also a cold audience, tired of waiting the start of the show and eager to hear her hits.
According to Mediafax, the approx. 20,000 spectators in the Constitution Square, tired of waiting in the wind and heavy rain, booed the diva’s delay. Shakira appeared on stage at 9:30 pm.
“Good evening, Bucharest!”, the artist cried out. “Despite the rain, we will have a great time. I’m here for you. I’m all yours tonight!”, these were the first words which excited the audience.
In the first part of the show, Shakira was the one her devoted fans know and love, other than the Latin American dancer who churns out one hit after another, world cup anthems or steamy dance songs. One of the first songs she sang in Bucharest was “Te dejo, Madrid”, in which she played harmonica. It took the public a while to get in the mood, reacting mostly to the hits. On “Whenever, Wherever”, Shakira called two girls from the audience on stage and taught them a brief dance class. The artist did not shun improvisation, switching from “Whenever, Wherever” to “You’re Unbelievable”, walking the microphone from one end of the stage to the other and banging her head in true rocker fashion.
Although the songs were played in a professional manner, the show, as a whole, was broken up by two minute-breaks between the songs, the time needed for the diva to change into a new outfit. At a certain point, defeated by the weather, Shakira excused herself: “I have to put on my boots, I’m freezing”.
The rain stopped just as the ice thawed and the public started recognizing the artist’s hits. After the emotional “Inevitable”, Shakira changed her tight pants for a red gypsy skirt, for a flamenco version of Metallica’s “Nothing Else Matters”. The public warmed up when hearing the hit “Gypsy” and met “La Tortura” with an outburst of enthusiasm.
“I know we all have our difficult times, but we have to believe there is a sun waiting to rise up in us,” the artist presented the title song from her latest album, “Sale el Sol”. The public’s enthusiasm soared sky-high when Shakira tore her silver top and remained in her bra. Also featured on the setlist were “Loca”, “She Wolf” and “Ojos asi”, and, on the latter, Shakira also offered an Oriental dance demonstration in the rain.
For the encore, the artist saved the public’s favourites: the hits “Hips Don’t Lie” and the 2010 World Cup anthem, “Waka, Waka”.
After the resounding success of “Whenever, Wherever”, launched in 2001, Shakira set one record after another, and “Underneath Your Clothes”, “Que Me Quedes Tu”, “The One”, “Las de la Intuicion”, “She Wolf”, “La Tortura”, alongside Alejandro Sanz, and “Beautiful Liar”, alongside Beyonce, are just a few of her No.1 hits.