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Selena Gomez Awkwardly Plays Sexy on 'SNL' with 'Hands to Myself' and 'Revival' Medley [WATCH]

by William Hoffman   Jan 25, 2016 10:15 AM EST

Selena Gomez took the Saturday Night Live stage last night for a pair tantalizing but awkward performances of her Revival singles "Hands To Myself" and a medley of "Good For You" and "Same Old Love," as well as inserting herself into several skits throughout the night with host Ronda Rousey.

Her goal was certainly to show off her fun sexy side as every appearance came with a new and ever more revealing outfit, but it came at the expense of the music and the overall performance.

She was a little off-key for the opening monologue in which she came out to sing in replacement for Rousey when the UFC fighter admitted she couldn't sing.

Things got better from there but still pretty odd. Gomez's first full performance on the night was a medley of "Good For You" and "Same Old Love" dressed in a really quite stunning dress that showed off her legs. But even disregarding the awkward transition between the two songs, the myriad of guys sitting in a circle around her simply bowing their heads and snapping fingers is just too distracting and pointless to focus on much else, which is a shame because Gomez actually sounded her best for the later part of the song.

The main event was definitely meant to be the second performance, in which Gomez performs the highly sexualized "Hands To Myself" from a spotlighted bed on center stage. About a minute in, a male dancer comes into frame only to stare her down the entire time and awkwardly touch her body, but very lightly and only in approved areas. Another female dancer then joins them on stage and performs a routine with the other dancer, because Gomez can't exactly dance, and they both start touching the singer's body.

It's an idea that might have looked good on paper, but Gomez doesn't seem like the type of overtly flirtation person to make this work, and this whole forced sexualization thing is getting old.

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