"The Queen is back," was how Whitney was apparently introduced by the Italian host, but according to Tu, it was "a tragic event from the moment she stepped onto the outdoor stage." First off, there was the outfit: Even though there were reports that the diva would be wearing a Russian fur for her anticipated Olympic one-off, it looked to our eyewitness as more "faux synthetic" than "pelle lux." And with it, she had on a cream turtleneck and ill-fitting white nylon pants.
So, about the singing. Starting off with Greatest Love of All, Whitney "coughed, sniffled and talked her way through the song." She motioned a cough attack and, struggling, asked the audience, "Why did they choose to do this outdoors? I don't sing in the cold. It makes my voice funny," and then made the international hand-gesture for "crazy."
From there, it was on to her massive '80s hit, I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me). Tu's verdict? "Flat, and far from inspiring for anyone to actually dance." Midway, he says, "Whitney introduced her brother Gary Houston to take over so she could do a 'costume change'. He looked surprised and performed a soul track, while wearing a Sean John velour track suit."
Then? Well, "Whitney reappears in a quilted zip jacket and fur military cap." An outfit that, according to our expert, was "marginally improved, but still resembles the quality of H&M." She then thanked and kissed husband Bobby Brown for "loving me and taking me here to the Winter Olympics." Cue the gospel.
Finally, the singer belted out her all-time hit, I Will Always Love You, which quickly became "her all-time low moment during the two-bit concert." Unable to reach the high notes, Tu notes, "Whitney smiled, waved and winked to the fans. Karaoke drag queens can belt it out better! She knelt and bowed her head at the finale to thin applause."
"Bobby," he wraps up, "held her hand and led Whitney backstage. The crowd roared and Ms. Houston rushed out for that quintessential encore, I'm Every Woman."