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Kylie returns to stage in Sydney
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Pop star Kylie Minogue has taken to the stage in Sydney wearing a pink feather head-dress for her first concert since being treated for breast cancer.

"Good evening Sydney!" the singer shouted as she emerged from a rising platform in the centre of the stage.

Minogue, 38, was re-opening her Showgirl world tour which was postponed after her diagnosis in May 2005.

She will play 20 concerts in her native Australia before the tour reaches the UK in January next year.

The set has changed significantly from last year's Showgirl concerts because Minogue is not yet fully fit.

'Hopeful'

Kylie Minogue
The comeback felt like a carnival, full of sequins, shocking pink feather boas, and pink cowboy hats

"I'm as prepared as I can be but I'm not sure that I'll be able to do everything that I did before," she told the press before the concert.

"Not that I do an enormous amount of jumping all over the stage, but quick changes are really stressful."

Despite her worries, the star put on an energetic performance, and managed to squeeze into a variety of costumes designed by fashion icons such as Dolce e Gabbana, Karl Lagerfeld, Emilio Pucci and John Galliano.

She performed hits from her 20-year-long pop career, including In Your Eyes, Shocked, and Better The Devil You Know - which opened the show.

The concert also featured a new song, White Diamond, co-written with the US dance act, Scissor Sisters.

Surgery

Minogue revealed that she had cancer in May 2005 and underwent surgery in Australia two days later.

The singer finished her chemotherapy in December 2005, but still receives treatment to prevent a return of the cancer.

She performed UK and European dates of her greatest hits tour between March and May last year.

But the pop star was forced to abandon her Showgirl world tour and an appearance at the Glastonbury Festival after her diagnosis.

Festival organiser Michael Eavis has said he remains "hopeful" that the star will play next year's event.




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