Whitney Houston’s Australian comeback is under fire after fans criticised the opening night of her Australian tour claiming the singer sounded ‘croaky and appeared ‘disorientated’.
Houston struggled through the opening night of her first Australian tour and was left breathless and exhausted after just two songs at her show at the Brisbane Entertainment Center.
And even more bizarrely, the 46-year-old took a 20 minute break to catch her breath mid-way through the show.
One fan interviewed on Australian TV after the show said: ‘It was a disgrace.
‘She can’t sing. She didn’t sing one song properly.
‘She was disorientated and she needed a 20-minute break. It was the first concert I have walked out of in my life.’
Another fan said: ‘She couldn’t entertain a dead rat, to be honest.’
Other fans took to Facebook and Twitter to complain about the ‘croaky’ quality of her voice. ‘
‘We just got back from Whitney Houston concert in Brizzy and I feel so sorry for her. She sounded croaky,’ fan Rick Crystal said on Facebook.
‘#whitneyhouston should have toured 15 years ago. Voice not what it used to be,’ adavidholloway said on Twitter after the concert.
Some fans said they would be demanding their money back.
‘The multi-award winning singer appeared disoriented and failed to properly name some of her backing band as she introduced them to the audience, ‘ wrote the Australian Associated Press’s music reviewer.
‘But the final act faltered at the finale when she croaked her way through I Will Always Love You, pausing to get a drink and towel herself down just as she was about to hit the song’s epic high note, which she turned into a soft coo,’ he added.
Meanwhile the singer’s spokesman Andrew McManus said Whitney was ’surprised’ by the negativity and rejected tabloid rumours that she was seriously ill after the performance.
The National Enquirer claimed the 46 year old had collapsed due to a drug and alcohol binge, and that her health has declined in recent months, with family members begging the star to postpone her planned concerts.
‘It was not a train wreck,’ McManus said. ‘She was hitting most of the notes, yes her throat was a little croaky.
‘Her health is fine but she’s also not 22 years of age anymore.’
The Australian concerts are part of her comeback “Nothing But Love” tour which kicked off at the end of last year.
‘She was not fit to perform,’ wrote one on the Courier Mail newspaper’s website.
‘She seemed to be on another planet and the concert was laughable.’