Hous­ton, we have a trib­ute show star in PE songstress

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● She might not have been there in the flesh, but I swear I heard Whit­ney Hous­ton singing on stage at Theatre of Mar­cel­lus at Em­per­ors Palace on Thurs­day night.

This was the open­ing night of The Great­est Love of All, and the woman with the eerie like­ness to the late leg­end was lo­cal songstress Belinda Davids.

Belinda, who kicked off the trib­ute show with a toe-tap­ping ren­di­tion of I’m Ev­ery Woman, told us be­tween songs: “You know, I was born just around the cor­ner from here . . . in Port El­iz­a­beth. Ja, ek is ’n Baaien­aar. [Some­one from the Bay],” to gig­gles from the au­di­ence.

These days Belinda treads the boards around the world af­ter be­ing plucked by pro­ducer Johnny van Grinsven of

Show­time Aus­tralia from among 15 000 hope­fuls for the gig.

Lap­ping up the per­for­mance were wallto-wall celebs in­clud­ing Khanyi Mbau (who brought along her cute 12-year-old daugh­ter Khanukani), TV pre­sen­ter LeighAnn Wil­liams, soon-to-be-di­vorced Zwai Bala and his younger bro Loy­iso, who was hav­ing his first joint night out with his wife, Jen, af­ter the birth of their new bub.

Else­where I spot­ted for­mer Spring­bok Brey­ton Paulse, en­ter­tainer Re­filwe Modis­elle and Abi­gail Vis­agie, the news­caster on DStv chan­nel Afro World­view, known as ANN7 back when it was owned by the Gup­tas.

Belinda was hyp­notic to watch — and Whit­ney fans, you only have un­til July 8 to check it out be­fore the pro­duc­tion heads over to the US.

Pic­tures: John Lieben­berg

Belinda Davids

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