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Kelly Clarkson in Singapore, 2010

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Penny V headed to the Singapore Indoor Stadium to catch Kelly Clarkson’s All I Ever Wanted concert and was left a little underwhelmed but still amazed at her fantastic vocals.

Getting to Singapore’s indoor stadium at 8pm on the dot, I thought my partner and I had some time to wait out before the show would start; but by the time the clock struck 8.15pm the lights dimmed and there was Kelly opening the show with All I Ever Wanted.

With as little fanfare as possible, Kelly was only dressed in a pair of jeans, a brown t-shirt and her hair up in a pony tail. That didn’t matter though. While some people might need or want the glamour of costumes, make-up and theatrics, Clarkson’s vocals surpassed the need for that.

Even with nearly 7000 fans in attendance (though we’re sure without some poor Singaporean students mugging away for their upcoming midterm examinations), she managed to make it feel like an intimate affair. Starting off slow, she continued with the likes of Miss Independent and even had an acoustic set with crowd favourites, Addicted and Gone.

Explaining that she has been asked what style of music she likes: “I don’t just like certain styles of music, I just like music. Period. From Rock, Big Band and Gospel, I like them all. But I do have some favourites. Instead of telling you what it is though, I thought I’d just sing it for you.”

And did she ever – for her Asian Leg, she did a medley of Alanis Morissette’s That I Would Be Good and Use Somebody by Kings of Leon, a mash-up of her song If I Can’t Have You and Can’t Get You Out of My Head by Kylie Minogue and a cover of Lies by The Black Keys

Being more of a fan from her album Breakaway, it was great to hear favourites like Behind These Hazel Eyes, Because of You and Since U Been Gone, which had the diverse crowd of young children to lounging 40-year olds amped up and on their feet, as she jumped around the stage. The energy was great and you couldn’t help but be swept away by it when you look around the entire arena and see everybody jumping together in unison, with their bright green clappers.

Her encore set was a definite hit, when Kelly got back on stage with an acoustic version of Already Gone and later donning a black sequinned jacket for her fantastic cover of Seven Nation Army by The White Stripes and concluding with her current hit single My Life Would Suck Without You.

All in all a pretty great show but not something to rave about due to its simplicity and pretty bare programming that lacked nuance. Even with Kelly Clarkson’s winsome personality and vocal prowess, the excitement ends there and all you’re left feeling is the hole in your wallet from the hefty ticket prices.

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