Latin pop group CNCO brought their self-titled world tour to L.A. on Feb. 17. After dropping two hit albums, the quintet was raring to go for the screaming girls (and boys) at the Microsoft Theater. The hottest boy band of the moment brought it back to pop music's late '90s heyday with their biggest smashes bolstered by in-sync choreography. CNCO mania was in full motion and the guys delivered on all the hype.
CNCO formed in 2015 on the TV show "La Banda" (The Band), which was created by One Direction's manager Simon Cowell. Under the wing of show judge and former Menudo boy-bander Ricky Martin, the boys quickly amassed a following across Latin America and the U.S. Here's five reasons to see the band live based off the L.A show.
5. The guys represent different parts of Latin America
Coming from different multi-cultural backgrounds: Christopher Vélez (Ecuador), Richard Camacho (Dominican Republic), Joel Pimentel (Mexico), Erick Brian Colón (Cuba) and Zabdiel De Jesús (Puerto Rico) came together and found space for a boy band in the current Latin urban and reggaeton music soundscape.
4. CNCO throws it back to the older boy bands
With no opening act, CNCO emerged guns a-blazing with golden blazers on to shrieks from the audience. The guys immediately kicked off with one of their biggest hits, "Hey DJ." Ropes were hanging from the ceiling and they swung down to the main stage. From there, CNCO really put in work for the first half of the show with non-stop dancing and singing. Like the Backstreet Boys and *NSYNC before them, the members brought it back to the days of the headset microphones. When they addressed the crowd, there was heavy breathing in their mics, signaling just how hard the guys were going at it.
3. Sometimes CNCO has special guests
The guys have gotten a lot older since breaking out on "La Banda" and the sex appeal was in full display. During "Sólo Yo" (Only Me), there was a trap music breakdown that allowed CNCO to bump and grind onstage, especially Camacho, who took his moves to the floor. Latin pop star Prince Royce appeared as a surprise guest for the live debut of their single "Llegaste Tú" (You Arrived) and flashed his abs while bouncing around with the guys. CNCO's pelvic-thrusting moves were on-point for reggaeton-influenced bangers like "Reggaeton Lento," "Tan Fácil" (So Easy) and "Se Vuelve Loca" (Drives Her Crazy). The latter song really lived up to its name with the crowd going wild for that one.
2. The guys in CNCO are quite the crooners
Halfway through the concert, CNCO took a breather to belt out their ballads from 2016's Primera Cita (First Date) and last year's self-titled albums. On "Tu Luz" (Your Light), De Jesús' mic was out for the first few seconds, but the ladies in the crowd filled in the lyrics singing along. "Cometa" (Kite) was a highlight with all the guys' voices soaring in a powerful performance.
1. CNCO loves the fans
Vélez and Pimentel read fan letters out loud in Spanish and English before the band performed "Fan Enamorada" (Fan in Love). CNCO's unconditional love for them came through one of the last songs, "Para Enamorarte" (To Make You Fall in Love), which was moving emotions and bodies.
For the grand finale, the guys of CNCO looked to the crowd and asked in Spanish, "Who are we?" The crowd shouted in unison the letters of the group's name back to them. A response like that spelled out a successful night for the future crossover kings and just one more feel-good reason to see them live.