Unfortunately, the singer once praised for her exceptionalvocal talent was still struggling with singing live Monday when she opened her"Nothing But Love" world tour in Australia.
According to a review of the concert,Houston neededto take a break two songs into the show. She reportedly coughed through songs,and at one point had her brother take the lead.
When Houstonattempted to sing her most notable hit, "I Will Always Love You," she stoppedmid-song to get a drink of water. She ruined the song's popular high note,sounding like a bad American Idolaudition contestant.
Concertgoers were said to have walked out of the BrisbaneEntertainment Centre. CBS aired interview clips with several angry patrons, whodescribed the show as "the worst concert I've ever gone too," "disgraceful,"and "definitely not worth $165."
Houston'spublicist released a statement Thursday responding to the critics. "Whitney isin great health and having a terrific time on her tour and with her fans," therep said, AP reports. "The spokesperson said that Houston'sBrisbane show had more than 9,000 attendants,and the Acer Arena in Sydneywelcomed more than 12,000.
"Her fans were dancing and singing along with her, andWhitney appreciates their support," the spokesperson added.
Back in November, I blogged that Houston should keepon performing to rebuild her chops. Considering her battles with drugs, ithas clearly taken a toll on her voice.
I hope her condition improves. I admire her confidence. But it is going to take some time for her to recover.