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Amy Winehouse gig 'disastrous'

By Sima Kotecha
Newsbeat US reporter in St Lucia

Amy Winehouse
Amy Winehouse forgot her words and flashed at the crowd

Disastrous, pathetic, embarrassing. That's how Amy Winehouse's gig in St Lucia has been described by fans who were there.

It was the first time she'd performed in front of an audience in months.

She moved to the island last year to get her life back on track.

The crowd at Pigeon Island, where Amy was playing, was large and started arriving hours before the gates opened.

But she wasn't the only act on Friday night. KC and the Sunshine band, disco legends from the 70s, were up before her. They got the audience going with their flashing lights and dance routines.

Two and a half hours in, Amy finally came out in a skin-grabbing blue dress and white killer heels.

Her trademark beehive was back, people were going nuts and the cheering couldn't have been any louder.

But there were more than a few embarrassing moments for the 25-year-old.

She forgot her words, told the audience she was bored and bent over, flashing her knickers.

Bad weather

At times she looked like she was going to fall over because she couldn't balance. And her white shoes kept everyone entertained. she kept taking them off and putting them back on again.

Then there was the backing singer who she kept clinging onto. She kissed his cheek a couple of times and pulled his face towards hers.

Amy and the band tried to soldier on but the set had to be cut short
Statement from Amy Winehouse's management after she finished her set early

He seemed uncomfortable and at one point, looked like he was pushing her off.

Half way through, it poured like crazy. The crowd became a sea of umbrellas.

Amy yelled out, 'Is it raining?' to which everyone replied, 'Yes'. She picked up her glass which was sat by her mic stand and sipped what looked like a cola.

Suddenly the stage lights went out but in minutes, they came back on again.

Amy Winehouse sang a bit of Valerie but left the stage, without explaining why. Many watching were furious including a woman from America.

She said: "Very disappointing. You know you want her to perform and stay out all night. Just really disappointing."

Technical difficulties

The singer's people released a statement Saturday morning, saying she went off because of bad technical conditions.

"The set started well, but as the heavens opened, a number technical difficulties occurred on stage, culminating with the lighting rig failing for two songs.

Crowd at St Lucia jazz festival
Many people in the crowd were unhappy with Amy's performance

"In addition, rain began to flood the technical wings at the side of the stage which caused sound problems. Amy and the band tried to soldier on but the set had to be cut short."

Apparently the stage was soaked and wires were lying in puddles of water. The next act seemed OK though. They came on and did their stuff. Some think Amy's abrupt exit was out of order.

Misha's 19 and from North London. She said: "Everyone's paid money and everyone stayed in the soaking wet to see her and she's just walked off.

"And you couldn't understand what she was saying either. She was just mumbling."

It was supposed to be her comeback gig and she did it to say thanks to the people of St Lucia.

Amy Winehouse has been living on the island for months and claims the locals have been nothing but nice to her.

But Amy says the show didn't turn out to plan, and for that she's sorry.



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