Her fans may always love her, but catty reviewers across Britain aren’t exactly singing Whitney Houston’s praises following a bumpy return to the stage Tuesday night in rough-and-tumble Birmingham.
Invariably, every negative review included some variation of “Houston, we have a problem,” but when they began describing the singer’s vocals and overall stamina, even the normally prim BBC got in on the act, saying the singer was “panting more than John Prescott running for the bus,” a reference to a well-known (and chubby) politician from Wales.
Houston was supposed to kick off her British tour last week, but had to cancel due to respiratory problems. Her breathing seemed to be one of the main problems, according to several reviewers.
A local paper, The Birmingham Post, said that although Houston’s “voice was still there, the stamina was not,” adding the 45-minute concert “was constantly broken up with water breaks and chats with the audience to catch her breath.”
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