There were two sides to Selena Gomez during her Sunday night RodeoHouston performance.
The bulk of her third appearance, which drew 73,397 paid attendance, found Gomez in dance-diva mode. She whipped through several high-energy tracks — “Bang Bang Bang,” Round and Round,” Like a Champion,” B.E.A.T.” — surrounded by six dancers and pulsing grooves.
“It feels so good to be home,” said Gomez, who hails from Grand Prairie.” I just wanna be with you guys. So we’re gonna dance, and we’re gonna sing, all night long.”
Her hourlong set was an abbreviated version of a November tour stop at Toyota Center. “Birthday” was still fun and flirty. “Love You Like a Song” still has an irresistible electro hook. Gomez seemed to be aided by prerecorded vocals during the dance-heavy numbers, but her natural voice, which has a nice rasp, took over later in the set.
She introduced “Stars Dance” as the title track from her most recent album and the name of “the tour that I did not get to complete.” (It was cut short in January when she spent two weeks at a treatment center for undisclosed reasons. RodeoHouston was her second performance since leaving the center.)