"We love you, Kylie!" said the huge crowd that flocked the Araneta Coliseum last night, July 5, to watch the Aphrodite Live in Manila concert.
The warm reception of the Pinoy fans had Kylie Minogue in wondrous awe. "I can't believe it's my first time here. How wrong is that? Naughty! Naughty!" she exclaimed.
Her die-hard supporters came to the show clad in their glittering disco outfits and feathered accents, which are some of the fashion trademarks of the 43-year old singer.
At around nine o'clock, the viewrers all stood up to catch their first glimpse of Kylie in the flesh.
THE POWER OF APHRODITE. In the beginning, the stage was set like a sea kingdom with Kylie as its goddess.
She emerged wearing a white Greek-inspired dress, an angel-winged hairpiece, and gold gladiator sandals, while standing in a giant golden clam.
Her opening piece "Aprodite," from the 2010 album of the same title, set off a seemingly-never-ending spectacle of glitter, glamorous outfits, gorgeous acrobatic dancers, and great music.
The entire show was theatrical, to put it lightly. For two hours, she sang, danced, and even acted out some of the lines.
All in all, there were nine segments with different themes—like ancient Greek, roaring 20's flapper, and Rio de Janeiro carnival, to name a few—and different outfits.
Her showcase of Dolce and Gabbana costumes included a black full feathered gown, white flowing electric-pleated capes, a gold flapper dress, a simple combo of white tank top and denim shorts with orange fur jacket, plus a stunning shimmering silver dress.
Her back-up dancers who doubled as acrobats also changed their costumes in every song, and showed muscular power with their aerial stunts.
The spectacular sights and moves on stage elicited cheers and applause from the people.
Kylie had to pause several times in between her songs to express how deeply overwhelmed she was with the Manila crowd. She even got a bit teary-eyed at one point.
According to her, she did a little research before she came over. And that evening, to the crowd's delight, she rendered Pinoy favorites "Especially for you," which she sang as a duet with the audience singing the male parts, and "Locomotion."
She also performed "On a Night like This," "Spinning Around," "Can't Get You Out of My Head," "In My Arms," and for her finale, her current hit "All The Lovers."
BEST DRESSED. In every concert, it has been Kylie's tradition to award the best dressed among her audience.
Last night, she chose comedian Vice Ganda, who wore a Kenneth Chua creation of silver and blue spandex that spelled his interpretation of Aphrodite.
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In Kylie's Twitter, she also recognized Vice's seatmates Anne Curtis, Cristalle Henares, and Divine Lee, and called the group "amazing."
Other celebrities in attendance were Judy Ann Santos, who watched with good friend Mylene Dizon; Pokwang, who wore a silver-hooded costume; rumored couple Angel Losin and Phil Younghusband; steady couple Angelica Panganiban and Derek Ramsay; showbiz newcomer Janine Gutierrez and her friends; plus, actor-model Victor Basa and host-entrepreneur Tim Yap.
Also spotted: Star Magic executives Johnny Manahan and Mariole Alberto, GMA executives Wilma Galvante and Gigi Santiago-Lara, fashion designer Rajo Laurel, social butterfly Tessa Prieto-Valdez, and celebrity stylist Liz Uy.
Most people left with superlatives—"Amazing," "sobrang galing," "the best," and "superb"—to describe what they saw.
Kylie's fans waited for 20 years, and the 2-hour show was definitely worth the wait.