A night with Kylie

Kylie at Haydock Park racecourse
Kylie at Haydock Park racecourse

KYLIE Minogue Wow-ed thousands as she opened up Haydock Park’s season of racing and musical entertainment.

The pop princess made her mark on the venue on Saturday as part of the The Jockey Club Live’s An Evening At The Races: Haydock Nights season.

Kylie at Haydock Park racecourse

Kylie at Haydock Park racecourse

Leading out with Better the Devil You Know, she took fans right back, with her early tunes Step Back in Time and Locomotion, going through the years, with favourites such as Wow, In Your Eyes and Your Disco Needs You.

The first half of the show carried a sultry theme, as she dressed in a red leopard-print leotard, followed by a sparkly red mini dress and black tie, matching the red lips on stage to represent her recent Kiss Me Once Tour.

This carried the perfect backdrop for Slow and Can’t Get You Out of My Head.

She later moved away from this, as there was another brief costume change, as she wore a gold shiny jumpsuit, representing her fun self. Her dancers also carried much brighter costumes for a lively rendition of Celebrate and Get Outta My Way.

Knowing how to work up a crowd, she asked her fans to sing acapela with her, using the words ‘La, la, la’ for the catchy Can’t Get You Out of My Head, followed by a huge Mexican Wave.

She also asked for requests as the crowd sang Got to Be Certain and I Should Be So Lucky with her, showing Kylie at her best, interacting with her fans.

This carried on later, as she gave an anecdote about a life-long fan who was working backstage, called Eddie. She recalled how he had a tear in his eye as he finally met her and she sang a beautiful version of Tears on My Pillow for him.

And noticing a few young faces in the crowd, including a baby, she joked: “A few little ones here, I would like to welcome them - they are smaller than me - they must be under 10.”

Being Australian, she is used to sunnier climes, and so she was amazed at the orange sunset glow ahead of her and asked the audience to turn and marvel at it with her, adding that it was a huge surprise, as during sound checks it was raining.

Throughout the night, race-goers were dancing away, but Spinning Around and Kids, which she performed with one of her backing singers, proved to be the biggest crowd movers.

As well as her own hits, she took a side-step and performed one of her favourite songs when she was growing up, Bette Davis Eyes, by Kim Carnes, which proved popular with the audience.

As she bowed out to All The Lovers, people were screaming for more and hanging around, hoping to catch one last glimpse of the petite singer. She didn’t disappoint as she came back, with another costume change, singing one of her most recent hits, Into The Blue.

Haydock Nights continues, with Kaiser Chiefs on August 7 and Madness on July 3.

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