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An epic night with Jennifer Lopez

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A photo of J-Lo on stage in Fuengirola, taken from outside the venue. / Hugo Cortés

  • Thousands of fans packed into the Marenostrum Castle Park open-air venue for the Latin legend's only Spanish tour date on Thursday night

So you're the most successful Latina singer of all time - selling more than 80 million records worldwide - and you've decided to throw a big concert to celebrate your 50th birthday with only six worldwide venues chosen including Moscow, Saint Petersburg and Tel Aviv.

So where in Spain do you choose to celebrate this momentous milestone? That’s right, Fuengirola on the Costa del Sol!

I’m not sure how the town blagged J-Lo’s only stop in Spain during her It’s My Party tour, but what a coup for Fuengirola.

Her first show in Spain for seven years, you could sense the anticipation ahead of the concert as thousands of fans lined motorway pedestrian bridges and set up camp along the surrounding beach hoping to get a glimpse of the star. Just minutes before J-Lo was due to take to the stage, tickets were still being sold at the stands for 250 euros.

Due on at 10pm, J-Lo walked onto the stage in typical Spanish style — 30 minutes late — then went on to give a high-octane performance for the next hour and 40 minutes.

Looking more like a 30-year-old pop star, the toned singer belted out her back catalogue of hits including Love Don't Cost a Thing, Jenny from the Block and Get Right.

A nice touch was an impromptu singing of “feliz cumpleaños” by the crowd after her first two songs, which brought a big smile to her face.

Sensual, sexy and physically fit, J-Lo put on a stellar performance, accompanied by a battalion of backing dancers, countless costume changes and video clips documenting her rise to fame.

The singer, whose parents are Puerto Rican, gave a bilingual performance in Spanish and English during the show. However, she jokingly told off the crowd for laughing at her bad Spanish on a few occasions. Her daughter Emme, whose father is Marc Anthony, also joined her mum to sing Limitless with her.

For me, Ain't Your Mama and El Anillo were the highlights and by the time she sang her last song, On The Floor, just after half midnight, it’s fair to say most of the venue was indeed on the floor dancing.