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Whitney Houston has been disappointing fans and critics alike on her six-date Australian tour. After her flawed opening night in Brisbane, many are even wondering the state of the pop star's health.
Billboard reports, Houston, 46, was "breathless and exhausted during the show, and is said to have looked disoriented. Carrying a towel at times, the superstar singer reportedly failed to properly name some of her backing band as she introduced them to the arena, and she took numerous breaks to restore her energy."
Houston's publicist assured that her health during the "Nothing But Love" world tour is just fine. "Whitney is in great health and having a terrific time on her tour and with her fans," she said. "Her fans were dancing and singing along with her and Whitney appreciates their support."
It seemed some fans, who paid upwards of $195 for tickets (many of whom walked out and/or demanded refunds) were singing a completely different tune. In a CBS News report, livid attendees said Houston was "disgraceful," "disappointing," and "couldn't entertain a dead rat." Another angry concert-goer wrote on Courier-Mail's website, "Not one song sung in its entirety. The ones that were sung were murdered choruses. We paid for greatness and got crap."
Houston's tour publicist Andrew McManus has quickly come to the singer's defense, as well, saying, "I am personally amazed at the few who are trying to derail the project and say if they expected to hear Whitney of 20 years ago, go buy a CD, but if they wanted to see a true professional artist give 100% and have a red hot go at songs that make the greatest vocalists shrink, well come along and enjoy the ride of an amazing talent, on stage, letting her heart and soul out for us all to enjoy."
McManus also slammed fans' general attitude about Houston, stating, "What happened to the Australian positive support of someone who has seen difficult times, and is now up on stage, warts and all, presenting herself like an open book for the world to see, and they want to ridicule Whitney?"
Houston is scheduled to bring her tour to Britain and France in April.
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