I’ve been looking forward to catching Leona Lewis’ first UK tour all year – and I’m pleased to let you all know that it didn’t disappoint.
I won’t bore you all with a full review. I just want to let you all know what I enjoyed and I what, in my opinion, could be worked on.
Firstly, she has the most incredible vocals I’ve heard for years. Not only is she singing live for the entire gig (take note, Miss Houston), she’s also dancing. She looks like she’s really enjoying herself and having a great time.It’s great to see she’s loosened up and not just standing there like an Angel singing ballads.
She’s looking comfortable on stage and we are finally able to say that the UK version of X Factor did, as Simon Cowell always harped on about, create a Worldwide superstar.
More than anything else I was personally pleased to see the gig sold out too. Being able to sell-out arenas is no easy thing in this day and age – especially as a young female Brit. I was thrilled to be going home on the tube and a little girl of no more than eight turning to her mum and said: “I want to be like Leona when I’m older.” I know this was coming from an innocent young girl – but how good is it to have a role model like that for our children nowadays? A British born and bred role model for fans across the world. She doesn’t shave her head and show off her lady garden, do drugs and fall out of nightclubs or get in trouble with the law. She’s a woman with a real voice.
My only criticism of the show is the styling and the stage set. Yes, William Baker (Kylie’s main artistic director) did well and it was nice, fluffy and magical with its Labyrinth theme. But for me it didn’t feel Leona enough. It felt more like a Kylie concert that was only 70 per cent executed. I wanted more Leona – more horses, more peace and love and more happy Leona-style things. That will come – give her time.
I’m thinking by the time we have another new album Leona will have so much more of a direct idea of what SHE wants to do. Her confidence must have increased ten-fold following these shows too. And so it should! She’s an incredible talent and I’m already gagging to see her again live.
What did you guys think of the gig? Do let me know! She’s planning to take the show to Europe next!
PS. I’m going to put it out there right now – I want Leona to work with David Guetta. I think it would be an incredible mix. After seeing Outta My Head live I can just see it happening. Come on, David!
PPS. Take That’s Jason Orange was in front of me sporting a huge bushy beard and James Blunt and his Spanish girlfriend Sabina were also there.