Kylie wows fans at first Beijing concert

Mon Dec 1, 2008 12:33pm EST
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By Ben Blanchard

BEIJING (Reuters) - Kylie Minogue, who went from soap actress to become one of the world's most famous female recording artists, wowed fans on Monday at her first performance in Chinese capital Beijing with an electric show.

A beaming Minogue, who recently overcame breast cancer, belted out a series of her biggest hits, including "Can't get you out of my head," "Better the devil you know" and "I should be so lucky."

"It's my first time ever here in Beijing and you've made me feel so welcome," she told the crowd of some 6,000 who had gathered to see her at the Beijing Workers' Gymnasium.

"I'm very happy today," Minogue said in broken Chinese, to roars of approval from the crowd. "Well, it's true!"

Her Beijing date was part of the KylieX2008 tour, a $16 million production that has already been to more than 21 countries, and included a Shanghai date last weekend.

Nicknamed by local media the "pea princess" in reference to her diminutive size, "Kaili Minuo" as she is known in Chinese barely rested during the two-hour show, dressed to the nines in a dazzling and constantly changing Jean Paul Gaultier wardrobe.

While not as well known in China as Madonna or Celine Dion, Minogue packed in the crowds with the most expensive ticket going for 2,580 yuan ($376.5), well out of the price range of the average Chinese.

"I asked some of my colleagues and they all said they didn't know much about Kylie because not many people know her, but most of them know Madonna," said Chinese fan Hao Chenguang.   Continued...

<p>File photo shows Kylie Minogue performing during her "KYLIEX2008" tour in Singapore November 25, 2008. REUTERS/Vivek Prakash</p>