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J-Lo gets it right for Arena audience
J-Lo dazzles during her performance. Picture: Lee Griffith/The West Australian

Fashionably late, Jennifer Lopez burst on to Perth Arena stage last night for her first Australian concert.

From the moment she stepped on stage yelling “Hello lovers”, the 43-year-old singer was ready to give it her all as her troupe of male backing dancers ripped off her feathered skirt, revealing a sparkling catsuit.

While not sold out, the crowd, who had spent up to $800 a ticket, went wild as J-Lo launched into her 2005 hit Get Right before delivering classic singles such as Love Don’t Cost A Thing, Waiting for Tonight, I’m Real and Jenny from the Block.

Unlike some other US pop stars, most notably Britney Spears, Lopez displayed a fine singing voice, but it was her incredibly toned yet petite body, dance moves and spontaneous crowd banter that had the audience eating out of her hand.

J-Lo fans got a fleeting chance to meet their idol yesterday afternoon.

Escorted by a sizeable entourage of bodyguards, the singer descended from her rooms at West Perth’s Richardson Hotel to meet and greet some of the waiting fans.

Last night’s show was the first of five Australian gigs.

J-Lo will travel to Adelaide next, before dates in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.