Whitney Houston Defends 'Off-Key' Concert in Birmingham

Whitney Houston

Receiving bad reviews over her European comeback concert, Whitney Houston defends her performance, calling the audience 'tough' to please.

Whitney Houston has brushed off criticism of her comeback show in the U.K. on Tuesday, April 13, insisting she was playing to a "tough crowd". The R&B superstar scrapped a string of European concerts earlier this month after she was hospitalized and diagnosed with chronic rhinopharyngitis - a swelling of the membranes in the nose and throat.

She made a return to the stage after a week of illness with a concert in Birmingham, England - her first concert in Britain for 11 years - but the gig was blighted by bad reviews and boos from the crowd. The singer was accused of sounding breathless and off-key throughout the show, and she drew heckles from the audience when she left the stage for a 15-minute break.

But Houston is refusing to take the criticism personally, insisting the audience was difficult to please. She says, "They were a tough crowd. (But) it feels great to be on tour again. Making music has always been my passion. I love the U.K. fans, they're my core fanbase."

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    Apr 26, 2010

    i have to agree it was the worst concert i have ever been to and would never recomend anyone waste their money!!!!!!!!!!!

    the truth hurts
    Apr 26, 2010

    what a load of rubbish, Whitney was crap ,the performance was crap, the atmosphere was crap. i think its time people faced up to the fact her time has gone and she would be better remembered for her original songs instead of the freak show she is now. Hence the name " the truth hurts Whitney!"

    Apr 16, 2010

    I disagree Whitney! I am proud that you are attempting a world tour after such a long time and i applaud your effort! People only get to see some of the footage but if they would bother to go to YouTube they could see what a great show it was. All I know is if and when you come to the U.S. I will be there darling!

    Tell The Truth
    Apr 16, 2010

    I love you Whitney, but it's time to give it up.

    Apr 16, 2010

    Yes, I have seen some of the show on youtue, and I must say Whitney is back her voice is amazing, especially comparesd to the lip syncers out 2day, glad she's back, and her show's are selling out despite the BS the media says, cause her true fans know the Voice has changd, but know she still has "The Voice" to give

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