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Promoter defends Whitney's Brisbane gig

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Melbourne, (ANI): Whitney Houston's promoter Andrew McManus has defended her Brisbane gig after rumours emerged that the singer was struggling during her Nothing But Love tour in the city. The Brisbane concert, the first of Houston's tour Down Under, has received mixed reviews. But according to McManus, the 46-year-old singer was shocked to hear that many slammed her show. Bloggers claimed a disoriented Houston failed to take high notes, looked tired on stage and was heavily dependent on backing singers.

"Whitney's ramblings, memory loss of one of her band members name, terrible voice and plain unprofessional performance will go down as one of the worst concerts ever. I certainly won't be rushing out to buy any more of her records. She has completely lost it and it was awful seeing so many people leaving, shaking their heads and laughing at her," a fan said on the Courier-Mail website. However, McManus said Houston should be appreciated for her performance.

"I saw the whole show. Was it an A? No, it was probably a B+,'' the Herald Sun quoted McManus, as saying. He went on: "It was not a train wreck. 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. "She was on stage for two-and-a-half hours dancing, singing, running. Was she a little out of breath on a couple of songs? Yes she was. But I don't apologise for that, she had a red hot go. "There were 9500 people there, 9000 gave her a standing ovation. There were so many happy faces, that''s what she saw from the stage. So she''s surprised by the negativity the morning after.

"She went to bed after the show giving a two-and-a-half hour solid performance, she was proud of it. She thought she gave her all and did a strong performance and I agreed with her. "This was the first night of a tour after a long flight, she hasn't played for a while. "This is a tough country, you''re going to be critiqued on your performance. At the end of the day it''s not like the other act who was just here who didn''t sing a note, she sang every single note.''

McManus added: "If the disgruntled few feel she wasn't up to scratch of the Whitney of 20 years ago I''d probably have to agree with them. But she performed the full concert. "She performed all her hits. She did everything we promoted and said she'd do. It was a great performance. This is an icon of the business who hit rock bottom and is fighting back, instead of slamming her we should be praising her. "We're a nation who normally supports the underdog, she's the underdog and she''s getting hammered. She''s sensitive. She is someone who's 46 who hasn't performed in a long time.

"She's had some real lows in her life and she's proving she can fight back and give it a red hot crack. That's the attitude I thought people of Australia would embrace, unfortunately there's a minority who want to stick the boot in.''

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