Indeed, Selena Gomez wowed fans at the venue when she opened her set in a pair of tight leather hotpants to perform tracks from current long-player Stars Dance. The 21-year-old singer and actress teamed her skimpy bottoms with breezy white top and sheer tights, while the chunky gold chains around her neck gave the overall look a distinctly urban flourish. Raunchy: Selena Gomez performs at the Hammersmith Apollo on Saturday night Selena completed the look with a pair of mid-length black boots as she worked her way through the opening songs of a lively set that included hit single Come & Get It, Slow Down and Love Will Remember. ‘They want to do it sooner rather than later’: One Direction’s Zayn Malik to marry Little Mix fiancee Perrie Edwards ‘by Christmas’ The young star recently jetted into the UK from Paris as she continues her Stars Dance world tour, making her announcement public with tweet to her 17,000,000 Twitter followers on Saturday. Hi London, she wrote, just hours before taking to the stage for the first of two sold-out shows in London. Growing up fast: Selena, 21, looks good in black hot-pants as she performs at the first of two sold out shows in London on Saturday night Seeing stars: Selena Gomez is performing tracks from new album Stars Dance at the London shows, amongst them recent hit Come & Get it All eyes on me: Selena stands out as she performs with her dancers on Saturday night Away from music Selena has been promoting new film Getaway, in which she stars alongside Hollywood stars Ethan Hawke and Jon Voight. Despite her best efforts the thriller has failed to make an impact at the box-office, with critics lining up to give it a mauling following its US release on August 30. Speaking to the New York Daily News, Selena whose last long-term relationship was with Justin Bieber admits she finds it hard to ignore the constant rumours and speculation surrounding her private life. All grown up: Selena looks stunning as she performs at the Hammersmith Apollo It does get to me, she said. I’m a human and I feel those emotions of when people talk about you. It’s never a good feeling cause half the time it’s just bull, it’s not real. In the real world I’ll drive my car to the grocery store and buy myself some food. In the media world it’s like, ‘Oohhh, I drive my car to go somewhere secretive.’ It gets too clouded so I just have good people around me. I’m very picky, she admitted.
In fact, London Grammar are an early 20-something trio (from left, Dot Major, Hannah Reid and Dan Rothman) being touted as one of the UKs hottest new musical talents. Theyve been busy bees recently with appearances at Glastonbury and Bestival, a guest role on hip dance duo Disclosures debut album Settle and even modelling for Mr Porter (Net-a-Porters brother site). How did they get so big so fast? The wonders of the world wide web. Hannah and Dan met via Facebook while in their first year at Nottingham University in 2009 and released their first single Hey Now via Soundcloud (an online music-sharing service) last December. Their second, Wasting My Young Years has clocked over 700,000 hits on YouTube and their Metal & Dust EP released in February went straight to the top five of iTunes Australian download chart. Who do they sound like? Hannahs impossibly deep, hypnotic vocals (which bring to mind a less shouty Florence, a less poppy Jessie Ware and a moodier Alison Goldfrapp), teamed with Dan and Dots sparse, swooping cinematic guitar, piano and percussive flourishes, have already brought comparisons to The XX and Portishead. Any danger of them being a flash in the pan? We think not. Theyre very earnest about their music. Emotion is the key to good songwriting. Get it right and you dont even really need a chorus.
Teams at Maple Leafs’ London rookie tournament stocked with Knights
This weekend served as a refresher, as eight players with connections to the Knights were taking part in the rookie tournament hosted by the Toronto Maple Leafs that includes prospects from the Ottawa Senators, Pittsburgh Penguins and Chicago Blackhawks. “London’s done an incredible job developing their players and I think success allows those players to have the exposure to move on to programs like ours,” Spott said, who is preparing for his first season with the American Hockey League’s Marlies. “I think winning is a skill, I believe in that, and I think that coaches and organizations want players that know how to win.” Dale Hunter, the Knights’ team president and head coach, and his brother Mark, the club’s vice-president and general manager, have led London to back-to-back OHL championships and trips to the Memorial Cup. That certainly helps the stocks of players like centre Ryan Rupert, a sixth-round pick of the Maple Leafs in 2012, and Penguins defencemen Scott Harrington, a 2011 second rounder, and Olli Maatta, who was taken in the first round of 2012. “I think if a scout’s looking at two players that they have ranked exactly the same in their books, it’s not going to hurt that they’re league champions and go to the Memorial Cup,” Harrington said. “I think that scouts want guys on their team that are proven winners and I think that the more teams you’re on that are successful, it just makes you more valuable.” Proving value is something the Blackhawks’ Alex Broadhurst, a seventh rounder in 2011, and free-agents Matt Rupert and Kevin Raine, who are in rookie camp with the Leafs, can do in tournaments like this one. Rupert and Raine get the opportunity to show their skills to not just Toronto’s front office, but also those of Ottawa, Pittsburgh and Chicago. Along with Maple Leafs prospect Greg McKegg, whose time with the Knights was brief, and the Penguins’ Greg McNeill, London players have already done plenty to earn the attention of NHL scouts. Almost two dozen Knights players are at rookie camps, evidence of the Hunters’ burgeoning brand. “You watch an NHL game now and you seem to always see London alumni,” McKegg said. “I think it’s a credit to the Hunters and the way they build the team up.” It’s no secret, as illustrated by the careers of players like Patrick Kane, Corey Perry and Rick Nash, that the Knights can produce NHL players. But continued success as a team has helped make players like Vancouver Canucks first-rounder Bo Horvat into highly sought-after prospects. “It shows that the organization, it’s really professional,” Maatta said.