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IT'S 'ALL RIGHT NOW' FOR AGUILERA.

Byline: Sandra Barrera Staff Writer

Unlike some of the other teen performers of pop, there was nothing gimmicky about Christina Aguilera's first headlining tour that pulled into the Universal Amphitheatre on Wednesday.

After all, who needs cutesy lines, choreographed dance moves or silly skits when you're a 19-year-old with one of the biggest and most distinct voices in the industry?

Certainly not Aguilera.

All anyone had to do was be there for the start of her concert, which was signaled by the moaning line from ``Genie in a Bottle.''

Dancers busted out with acrobatic break-dance moves. Blow torches fired up from the platform bridge. And Aguilera, who was dressed in white from head to toe, piped out the opening lines with all the confidence of a diva.

Her voice soared like Mariah Carey or Whitney Houston on most every song from her debut as well as her all-Spanish language album, ``Mi Reflejo,'' from which Aguilera performed two songs.

One of the highlights of her performance came when she sang Free's ``All Right Now,'' exuding just the right kind of sexy rocker chick attitude without going overboard for her young audience.

The mostly all-girl crowd shrieked their I love yous and waved their glow sticks in the dark like swarming fireflies as Aguilera strutted the length of the stage and sometimes engaged in grinding dance moves for songs like ``Come on Over'' before she left them with her hit ``What a Girl Wants.''

Destiny's Child opened the show with its mix of hip-hop, soul and gospel.

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Pop diva Christina Aguilera brought her current concert tour to the Universal Amphitheatre on Wednesday night.

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Title Annotation:Review; L.A. Life
Publication:Daily News (Los Angeles, CA)
Date:Oct 13, 2000
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