ABC's Lexie O'Connor reports from London:
Whitney Houston came back to the UK stage for the first time in 11 years last night, leaving many fans disappointed.
The 46-year-old diva performed in Birmingham’s LG Arena to a sell-out crowd paying up to 100 pounds for tickets.
Houston’s off key songs, long dress changes, and many talking breaks between songs made fans leave feeling they were ripped off.
“I was waiting for the Trading Standards guys to call a halt and offer us our money back. It was a con, a rip off. It wasn’t a concert,” a fan told British newspaper the Daily Mail.
Houston’s performance comes after an upper respiratory infection forced her to temporarily put off three concerts at the start of the UK leg of her ‘Nothing But Love’ world tour.
Although the two-hour show went on without major dramas, fans became restless when the singer’s mid-show outfit change left them waiting for around fifteen minutes.
The Daily Mail reports that on returning to stage Houston joked, “I could hear you getting p***** off.”
Dressed in tight white trousers and a metallic white jacket, the diva opened the show with two songs from her new album followed by hits including I Will Always Love You, and It's Not Right (But it's OK).
Her off-key and often breathless performance made many question the star’s comeback.
“Whitney after this tour…PLEASE get back into movies,” fan Brien Williams posted on Whitney Houston’s Facebook page.
The superstar, who has sold more than 170 million albums, singles and videos, has been away from music as she battled drug addiction and ended a tumultuous marriage to singer Bobby Brown.
Last year Houston made her return to the stage with an off-performance on Britain’s X-Factor, leading some fans to question whether she was ready for a come-back.
If you’ve always loved Whitney Houston, you’ll have to hear her last night performance of ‘I Will Always Love You’ to believe why some fans left early.