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REVIEW: Danna Paola Shows Pop Is Thriving on U.S. ‘XT4S1S’ Tour Kick-Off

Photo by Heber Laguna.

In a recent Instagram live, Danna Paola said she wanted to bring back the golden age of pop en español from Mexico. She name-checked legendary Mexican acts like Paulina Rubio, Thalía, Lu, and María Daniela y Su Sonido Lasser. With the launch of her XT4S1S Tour in the U.S., Danna is creating a space for herself among Mexico’s most iconic artists. During the opening night on Aug. 11, not only did she revive Latine pop, but she pushed it into the future with her fierce performances. 

In her stellar San Jose, CA concert, she channeled American pop royalty from the aughts, like Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera. Danna was dancing, singing, and serving fierce looks—something that concerts by mainstream acts across the board have lacked lately. She performed her biggest hits, proving that Latine pop is not only alive and well but actually thriving. 

In an opening video for the concert, Danna Paola talked about wanting to embody the words euphoric, freedom, and ecstasy. She did just that with her red-hot performances of “Mía,” “Mala Fama,” and “Cachito,” which included an interpolation of Wisin y Yandel’s “Noche De Sexo.” While singing, she also pulled off sexy choreography in sync with her dancers. There was also plenty of hair-whipping that had the crowd going wild. Later, Danna showed off her powerhouse vocals with an emotional performance of “Amor Ordinario.”

Throughout her career, Danna Paola has shown herself to be a strong supporter of the LGBTQ+ community. That inclusivity also came across in her concert. When a fan tossed a rainbow-colored flag to the stage, she wrapped it around herself and sang “El Primer Día Sin Ti,” a song from the 2009 telenovela “Atrévete a Soñar” soundtrack. It was a special throwback for longtime fans who’ve been with her since she was a child star. Danna also performed the colorful “TQ Y Ya,” which has become a queer anthem. During the performance, her two male dancers were embracing each other, and she even joined in on the guys’ perreo. 

Another standout moment from the concert was Danna Paola’s salute to Belanova. She performed a psychedelic version of the trio’s classic song “Me Pregunto.” The ecstasy reached an all-time high for the finale. Danna turned the San Jose Civic into a club with her last arsenal of hits that included “Agüita,” her breakup anthem “1Trago,” and her first live performance of “Tenemos Que Hablar.” A dance party broke out with her feel-good performance of “XT4S1S,” which included a gratify-defying flip.

With the XT4S1S Tour, Danna Paola is bringing back the spectacle of the height of pop concerts from the 2000s. She sang her heart out while executing on-point choreography with her dancers. Danna is demonstrating that her pop star excellence as a Latina is on a global level.