Review: Shania shines and she's still the one

Otago Daily Times
By Ben Waterworth
December 23, 2018

There may be some things that donít impress Shania Twain much, but one thing is for sure - her fans certainly were left impressed by the final show of her Now Tour at Dunedin's Forsyth Barr Stadium.

With barely an empty seat in the house, the Canadian Queen of Country Pop took the audience through a collection of her best known hits on Saturday night and some of her most recent tracks which will surely go on to become classics in their own right.

High-fiving the crowd from the stands as she entered to the beats of the Queen classic We Will Rock You, the Canadian Queen of Country jumped on the stage with a beaming smile and and a sparkling dress to the delight of her adoring fans.

The 53-year-old quickly transitioned into a crowd favourite in Come On Over from her classic album of the same name, setting up a night of fun and entertainment for the 18,000-strong crowd.

Despite accusations of lip syncing in her Auckland shows earlier in the week, the crowd didnít seem to care at all with plenty of dancing, screaming, cheering and everything else in between throughout the night.

Twain was quick to open up on her love for New Zealand, declaring it her ďsecond homeĒ as well as her love of New Zealand people who she said she took heart from when travelling the world.

ďI donít know what I was waiting for, but all I can say is thank you for your outstanding welcome to your country.Ē

Her fans didnít have to wait long to get their first taste of one of her most well known songs That Donít Impress Me Much which saw the crowd singing along note for note as Twain was joined by energetic backup dancers which seamlessly interacted with video cubes and loads of leopard skin print on stage.

Other classic hits taking fans on a nostalgic journey in time included Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under?, Honey Iím Home and Any Man of Mine before the packed stadium was back in sing along mode as Twain belted out her iconic ballad Youíre Still The One.

The crowd continued to be in raptures throughout the entire night, taking part in kiss cams and dancing out into the aisles as dancing and bright lights helped pump up the energy on stage.

Three lucky fans were brought up on stage to take a selfie with the singer who even took the time to answer the phone of one of her lucky guests, much to the delight of the audience.

And just when things seemed to be slowing down, some of her biggest hits followed as the show reached a crescendo including From This Moment On, I'm Gonna Getcha Good! and (If You're Not in It for Love) I'm Outta Here!

But perhaps the biggest moment of the night and by far the biggest cheer was saved for her signature song Man! I Feel Like a Woman! which had every fan on their feet singing and dancing and showing nobody wanted to go home.

Twain then left the stage to a standing ovation and a large bouquet of flowers, thanking the crowd for their support.

Whether or not she tours again, one thing is for certain and that is Twain remains the undisputed Queen of Country Pop.