Beyoncé shows fans in London why she deserves to be Queen B
By Mandy Thomson
Superwoman, amazing, incredible, outstanding, pick any of these words and you are describing the one and only Beyoncé, who literally glowed as she sang and danced her way through the Mrs Carter Show. Attending her 7th and final night in London’s o2 Arena, I smiled, in her words ‘from ear to ear’ from the first beat of ‘Run the World (Girls)’ which she opened with, to the final lines in ‘Halo’ which closed the show.
Complete with eight costume changes, two stages, three lots of falling confetti, endless hits and numerous famous faces in the crowd, the Mrs Carter Show was one big party.
We stared queuing about half an hour before the standing doors opened and managed to get reasonably near the front. Between the four of us we must have said ‘I can actually see her face’ about 10 times, as we stood in awe of the phenomenal singer performing before us.
‘Love on Top’, ‘Irreplaceable’, ‘Schoolin’ Life’ and ‘Get Me Bodied’ were my favourite, but the performance of every song was nothing short of brilliant. Her audience communication was funny, friendly and genuine as she introduced different songs by getting us to clap, click our fingers or just waves our arms. One particularly funny moment was when the stunning woman shook her arm, as if to show ‘bingo wings’ during ‘Flaws and All’.
Whilst in the middle stage a rendition of Destiny’s Child ‘Survivor‘ was somewhat special, and reminded the fans she is proud of her girl band days. As if naming the world tour the Mrs Carter Show was not enough to show her dedication to husband, Jay Z – real name Shawn Carter – Beyoncé mentioned her beloved husband at numerous points throughout the show and could be seen winking and smiling at the VIP area, where he was standing.
Her vocal range could not be faulted as she blasted out ‘1+1’, ‘Halo’, and ‘I Will Always Love You‘, as a tribute to the late Whitney Houston – following her previous show at the Roseland Ballroom in NYC where she sang a Jackson 5 song in tribute to her idol, Michael Jackson. Bringing some people to tears was a screening of home videos whilst the words of ‘I Was Here’ are spoken before her encore. A glimpse of Blue Ivy, Jay and her as a family, and her in various places around the world brought a personal and perfect touch to the show.
She looks like the happiest woman alive as she belts out her singles with her fans, friends and family in the audience and it is hard not to smile back at her. A true believer in sisterhood she constantly says how much she loves women and the strength they hold. Talented, happy and a true survivor, Beyoncé is quite simply ‘Irreplaceable’.