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Whitney Houston bombs in London

Dear Whitney Houston:

I hope life treats you kind. Kinder than some of the fans at your recent show in London. That doesn’t seem likely as long as you keep singing.

Love, Buzz

Whitney Houston performs in London. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan)

Whitney Houston performs in London. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan)

The diva croaked through another show on what is becoming a disastrous tour with booing (and sometimes departing) fans reacting to her shambles of a voice. After her froggy performance at London’s O2 Arena, she apologized and blamed the air conditioning.

“Sometimes the old girl sings, but not tonight,” Houston told the crowd, according to a news report in the Guardian. “I want to do it, but she doesn’t want to … She’s getting a little temperamental.”

The troubled performance has, of course, been well documented on YouTube (although some fans have posted comments suggesting security guards have tried to stop people from making recordings during concerts – good luck with that).

Here’s our favorite video of the London performance - make that attempt - at her famous “I Will Always Love You.”

Houston, winded and wheezy, takes a lengthy time-out during the middle of the song, and whoever made this recording cheers encouragingly, “Come on…come on…hit it…yes!”

The independent filmmaker quickly turns on her, moaning “Oh God, that’s awful!” as Houston screeches out the final notes of the ballad.

117 comments Add your comment

Rebecca Mitchell

April 27th, 2010
7:44 am

Oooouuffff…I feel like I just got kicked in the stomach. Bless her heart…that really sucked.

Tiffany Long

April 27th, 2010
8:22 am

Once a national treasure, now an International disaster! Whitney, you need to come back home. You’re making America look worst now!

Angela

April 27th, 2010
8:28 am

I hope and pray that she is not back on drugs! She was so talented. That is really a shame and a waste of a GREAT voice.

DKNATL

April 27th, 2010
8:32 am

I’m working in London this week and she’s the laughing stock at the water cooler, the lunch counter and every meeting. Glad i’ve got some one line zingers for this M.E.S.S.

friedlinx

April 27th, 2010
8:35 am

That sounded worse than 40miles of bad Georgia highway

Prof

April 27th, 2010
8:36 am

Hey Weezie – I know you’ll be watching that reality show because YOU’RE a dumb American. It’s “train wreck” not “train reck.”

ATLPeach

April 27th, 2010
8:37 am

That was painful to listen to. Whitney is done and should really give all ticket buyers their money back, come home and try working on an acting career because her singing career is done. She has always been a awful actress but perhaps she can get a great coach and do a couple of movies. Maybe she could be a judge on American Idol. Anything but sing.

jg

April 27th, 2010
8:39 am

She is looking old in that picture – like Auntie Dionne!

Bobby Brown

April 27th, 2010
8:47 am

You need to stop picking on her. That is my crack partner in crime you are talking about. To my ears she sound beautiful!

itamazesme

April 27th, 2010
8:51 am

I think that her drug usage and smoking took a toll on her voice – the talent is gone. Clive may see now to cut his “LOSSES” and perhaps there are some who need to have a reality show for spelling in their neck of the woods and that way when they post it won’t be a train “WRECK”.

P.T. in Wisconsin

April 27th, 2010
8:55 am

I feel terrible. I love Whitney Houston and I pray that she is not abusing the drugs again. I remember when I used to sing consistently, my voice was reliable, but once I introduced cigarettes into the equation, my voice suffered. Perhaps a few more years of training and it will return, mine did. But she must forbid the cigarettes from now on, they rob you of oxygen and volume. My love goes out to you Whitney. If you ask the Lord to assist you in your struggle, he will delivery you. God’s blessing.

kianna16

April 27th, 2010
9:00 am

i love whitney and i felt so sad when i heard about that im going to still love her

Monie

April 27th, 2010
9:02 am

I love you Whitney, but just stop.

Samantha

April 27th, 2010
9:05 am

I used to love Whitney Houston. Correction I still love her, but only the old Whitney Houston BEFORE she started smoking crack/cocaine. This is so sad. She should just bow out and give speeches to young people and show them why they should ALWAYS say ‘NO’ to drugs. She had a beautiful voice. It is a God given talent and she destroyed it with using drugs. This is such a sad story. She is now blaming the a/c as to why her voice is jacked up! She need to accept the fact that she will never be able to sing like she used to. I will say that she sounds a heck of a lot better than MOST ’so called’ singers that are out here not making records, but not like the old Whitney. God Bless her. :)

Prayerful

April 27th, 2010
9:05 am

Whitney is not all she’s “cracked up” to be. Unfortunately, she’s done more harm to herself and doesn’t seem to be able to recuperate from it.

Jason

April 27th, 2010
9:08 am

A perfect example why you shouldn’t do crack and pretend you are still a pop star.

Stonethrower

April 27th, 2010
9:08 am

Smoking them Newports will dot that to ya.

Sally

April 27th, 2010
9:09 am

Oh man! I was so hopeful when she finally dumped that thug Bobby Brown that she would return to using that beautiful gift she was given, her voice. I don’t really know what’s going on with her now but it sure doesn’t sound good. I pray she has not returned to bad habits. You know what they say, if you don’t use it you lose it. Maybe she ignored her talent for too long and developed too many bad habits. I would like to say that if she keeps working on it, she can get it back. I hope that is true because she used to have maybe the most beautiful voice I’ve ever heard.

Rodney Ho Moe

April 27th, 2010
9:11 am

Homegirl in VA

April 27th, 2010
9:12 am

Whitney you were once a pure song bird. It’s sad to here that alot has changed in your performances. I think that you should redirect your talents. Stop the performances so that you can recoup the legandary status that so many people know you by.

Wendy D

April 27th, 2010
9:16 am

Maybe she should switch to Blues?

Samantha

April 27th, 2010
9:17 am

Sally I agree with you 100%. Whitney had one of the most beautiful voices out here. I honestly think that it’s over for her. People need to STOP making fun of her. It’s really a very sad situation. From her reported actions I really think that she is back on crack/cocaine. So sad. I wish her the best with her life.

Uncle Tom

April 27th, 2010
9:21 am

Why is this a blog and the other news on the homepage isn’t?

Jennifer

April 27th, 2010
9:23 am

Sally-

You may want to check your sources. Bobby Brown, contrary to what people WANT to believe, did not create or take Whitney down a drug infested road. Whitney grew up in East Orange, NJ. She and my aunt are the same age. My Aunt grew up in South Jersey and knew friends up top. It’s no secret that Ms. Whitney was doing drugs looooong before Bobby came into the picture. They were two peas in a pod. Why do you think they gravitated towards each other? She just had a better crew covering her dirt i.e. her mom and Clive Davis. So please don’t be mistaken. Whitney is on the road she set for herself. She just found someone as toxic as she was.

David

April 27th, 2010
9:24 am

Folks…..we are witnessing the end of Whitney Houston! Vegas or Bust for her….!

Val

April 27th, 2010
9:26 am

I really think she should retire as a singer and act, the bodyguard was a good movie she need to redirect her talent/career.

Love you Whitney

dcw

April 27th, 2010
9:30 am

I love a train wreck!

LongliveElvis

April 27th, 2010
9:31 am

You want to see how the ol’ school vets do it, here ya go:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dYANgbUrxhU

Justine

April 27th, 2010
9:34 am

Why do we always want to know and talk about the bad in someone. There are a lot of singers out there who cant sing. Yes, perhaps uer glory days are over but has anyone seen Stevie, Lionel or any others from the 1970s forward. At least she is trying.

Do I think that with all that is going on in the world today that her failures should be so a story. No. But before you count her down and out remember we recently watched a major melt down of another singer who totally lost her mind and her children in front of us. Ang guess what she is back — without her children unfortunately — but better than ever.

So like the kids say – stop hating and start helping.

Sad Brotha

April 27th, 2010
9:35 am

Yelling at “Bobbiiiiiii” all night and day, will ruin anyone’s vocal chords! Equating this “alley” to a “national treasure” is a great example of the dumbing down of America! Michael Jackson is rolling in his grave! The Bell Curve is showing it’s true colors!

Delia

April 27th, 2010
9:45 am

Poor Whitney…. I wish she would just stop. She is a legend but with her new efforts, she is destroying her legend.

elsieyes

April 27th, 2010
9:48 am

Keep in mind, we all have our vices and she was sweet to share her struggles with the world. Cany we show compassion for our fellow man? None of us our perfect and we should respect individuals when they are trying.
I LOVE WHITNEY HOUSTON and I will continue to support her! As a praying women, I continue to ask God for his mercy for her.
America messed over Micheal Jackson but you won’t have Whitney!!

armchair

April 27th, 2010
9:49 am

She doesn’t mind stealing people’s money, does she? She ought to return all of it as it was fraudulently obtained from fans who thought they’d be getting a professional performance. Look at her–a bloated, pathetic, drug-addled mess. I don’t feel the least bit sorry
for her. She obviously needs money or wouldn’t be embarrassing herself in this way. That she would even go out on stage in this condition shows what a loser she is.

Ferguson

April 27th, 2010
9:50 am

My heart breaks for Whitney and the fans who loved her so.

Mother Goose

April 27th, 2010
9:56 am

The poor fans in London subjected to this travesty of a concert paid approximately $170 EACH to hear this. Good gravy! She needs to stop, return funds, quit the cigarettes and get her voice back before she attemps this again. Sheesh!

The Big Man

April 27th, 2010
9:59 am

elsieeyes. You go right ahead and support her, and pay $200+ for tickets to see that horrible performance. I hope you understand, that people are upset, because they are spending their hard earned money to see their ‘idol’, and end up getting garbage!

So Sad Sista

April 27th, 2010
10:18 am

Crack is whack.

c.c.rider

April 27th, 2010
10:22 am

Whitney looks really swollen, I pray she’s not suffering w/ CHF. I’m appalled @ the snide comments regarding her. God hears & sees…..

Mr . Truth

April 27th, 2010
10:23 am

I’m glad that everyone is seeing the real Whitney. Everyone blamed Bobby for her downfall and drug abuse, but now people see that it was Whitney and only Whitney that screwed her life up. Bobby’s gone. How are you gonna blame him or anyone else now. Whitney, as anyone in Atlanta and particularly the club scene knows is a first class, egotistical beeyotch!

shoshanna

April 27th, 2010
10:23 am

Poor Whit…time to hang up the old boots, darling. What a shame, what a waste….

Peggy

April 27th, 2010
10:26 am

who are these people still buying Whitney Houston tickets?

Matt the Brave

April 27th, 2010
10:41 am

What she needs to do is what Elton John has done; drop the songs quite a few keys to match her voice and don’t hit the high notes but once or twice a concert. Oh, and do like the Rolling Stones and take about a week off between concerts.

Ed Graham

April 27th, 2010
10:42 am

I hope all the drugs were worth it, Whitney. You are past tense.

oldfart

April 27th, 2010
10:42 am

Stick a fork in her the diva is done.

Matt the Brave

April 27th, 2010
10:42 am

Oh, and do what Aretha’s done and get some backup singers to sing the high notes and her hit the middle note in a chord.

Craig

April 27th, 2010
10:43 am

Why do you feel sorry for someone who chose self destruction a long time ago. Once a truly talented performer who decided drugs were more important then her talent. Just another “hollywood type” person who crashed and burned. I can think of better people to feel sympathy for and she in not one of them. The shame is she has children, which everyyone forgets about in these stories.

Sad Clown

April 27th, 2010
10:46 am

Man, crack is wack! LOL!

Joanne

April 27th, 2010
10:47 am

Everyone has an opinion and we sometimes need to think before we speak. Regardless of what is or what is not going on in Whitney’s life we should pray and stop being so negative. All of us have sinned and fallen short. Would we want all of our dirt to be expose. I think not. So instead of criticizing and making fun of Whitney, we should stop and look at ourselves and say “Thank you Jesus that could of been me”. If you do not believe in the power of prayer, you need to shut up.

Debdoes

April 27th, 2010
10:48 am

Sad sad sad….she is doing herself more harm tham good by keeping up with the poor performance schedule. She’s obviously sick (drugs, otherwise) or she wouldn’t be sweating like she does….pitiful. I was a big fan back in the day….but that was then and this is now. Hang it up, Whitney. p.s. your promoters should be ashamed of themselves!

Anthony

April 27th, 2010
10:50 am

The problem with Whitney is she’s trying to provide a live performance where she actually sings. Why not just come out in different costumes for each song, dance around the stage and lip sync to her old recordings. Seems to work for other “performers” that can’t sing live or have techno overdubs that render the vocals fuzzy. Come into this century Whitney where singers don’t sing live anymore.