Don't Call It a Comeback
Whitney Houston appears on Good Morning America
By percy thrillington Sep 2, 2009 6:23PM
Her words, not mine: "I never left." Perhaps Whitney Houston is counting the years she has spent not making albums and instead appearing conspicuously wasted on reality TV longing to use the bathroom and berating her children with her even MORE conspicuously/even more wasted (as if that were possible) ex, Bobby Brown. You never know with Whitney. But now she's making a not comeback but just regular old record again, and she flogged it on Good Morning America with her "dearest friend," Diane Sawyer. It's nice to see they're still close.
Whitney Houston has “140 million albums sold, more awards than any other female performer in history,” boasted Good Morning Americatoday, touting her “first television performance in seven years” (watch it on their Website). The singer bounded out with a lot of energy and yelled “love you!” during first line of “Million Dollar Bill,” but she danced rather than sang the first chorus, confirming yesterday’s reports that her first major television appearance promoting her new I Look to You left the diva breathless. Houston filmed the short set in New York’s Central Park yesterday afternoon.
“I love you New York,” she announced at end of the song. “I love you Good Morning America. God bless you all. Thank you for coming, you’re making me feel so good.” She then ran upstage to hug host Diane Sawyer, who Houston called “one of my dearest friends.” Sawyer is the journalist who conducted the infamous “crack is wack” interview in 2002 during which Houston disclosed she had struggled with drug problems. “I’m overwhelmed with love and support, your prayers mean so much to me and I love you all for coming,” Houston told the crowd, adding defiantly, “I never left!”
“Seven years ago, looking in each others’ eyes, it was a very different world then. I was worried for you,” Sawyer told her. “Don’t be worried anymore. If you know God, then don’t be worried,” Houston replied, saying it was “my faith” that brought her here now. “The love and support of my family, which I do have. People who care about you in the good and bad times.” In 2002, Houston told Sawyer, “I partied a lot. Trust me: I partied my tail off. You get to a point where you know the party’s over.”
“I Look to You is about them, all of you all, and that one up there,” she said in Central Park, pointing skyward.
Could she have meant the Goodyear Blimp? The North Star? Skylab? So many mysteries. Good thing she'll always be here to solve them.