Kylie Minogue Shines In Return To Stage

SYDNEY, Australia (November 11, 2006) — Kylie Minogue dazzled an adoring homeland crowd Saturday in the diva’s triumphant first foray onto the stage since she discovered 18 months ago that she had breast cancer.

“Good evening, Sydney!” were the Australian’s first words as she rose on a platform from the center of the stage. “How are you feeling tonight?”

The 38-year-old Grammy winner’s performance before a sellout crowd of 10,000 was the much-anticipated comeback from her shock diagnosis in May last year, just days before the Australian leg of “The Showgirl Tour” was set to begin.

Minogue had successful surgery in her hometown of Melbourne and underwent chemotherapy in Paris, where her French actor-boyfriend, Olivier Martinez, has a home. During her recovery, she wrote a children’s book, “The Showgirl Princess” and launched her own perfume, “Darling.”

The former soap opera teen star wore a pink feathered headdress and flowing gown by designer John Galliano to kick off her renamed “Showgirl Homecoming Tour.” She also wore a bejeweled pink corset as she launched the concert with her classic hit “Better The Devil You Know.”

After Australia, Minogue plans to travel to Europe, playing dates in Britain.

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