Whitney Houston wardrobe malfunction: Yikes, she really didn't need that...

Whitney Houston suffered a minor wardrobe malfunction on Sunday night’s most-watched episode ever of British talent competition X-Factor when the strap on the back of her dress popped open (about 2:20 in the video below) midway through her performance. At first she seems genuinely surprised and even gives an embarrassing shrug. But it’s at about 2:30 in the clip that rage rears its head — likely the moment her stylist packed up and quietly left the building rather than wait backstage for the imminent beatdown that surely awaited (notice the “Who will answer for this?!” glance around the stage at the end). If the stylist is still alive and well today, it’s only because Ms. Houston hadn’t also tripped over the long train on that gown, but I’d venture a guess that his or her days of working for Whitney are Oh-Oh-Ooooh-Oh-ver.


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  • Paul

    It was Sunday, not Saturday.

  • brandy

    hot, hot mess.

    • James

      Is she pregnant? That dress was so not flattering and she sounded so not great when she was singing. It was OK though until she started to speak. Are we sure she’s clean & sober?

  • Walnut Hill

    IMO, not the greatest choice of dress for her to be wearing in the first place.

  • CanUK

    nevermind the fact that she had clearly popped some oxycodin backstage before the show, she was almost as bad as robbie williams the week before, but he was clearly coked out, completely different

    • gfe

      Thank-you. I was beginning to wonder if this was going to become a routine. Alexandra and Cheryl first act, both amazing, then bring on the lack luster “Star” acts who are high off their minds.

  • Patrick

    She sounds like sh*t.

  • Troy

    Her voice ain’t what it once was… but love that she actually sang live (unlike some of her rivals) and loved the energy. She looks happy & healthy. I’m lovin’ Whit’s return.

  • eva e

    I’m afraid she lost her great voice to drugs. Sorry Whitney. She sounds bad. In the interview, she shouldn’ have been asked any hard questions like “when the new album out” to which the interviewer doesn’t get an answer until she asks herself ‘oh album’. pitiful

  • randolph smithwilliams

    Patrick, are you aware that there is something called the remote control? invest in a new television , and remember touse the off button.

    • stryker

      Maybe he just watched it now VIA THE LINK like I did. And yes, it did sound like sh*t. You must have had your TV on mute.

  • graeme

    wow, she sounded awful.

  • JT

    Um, back fat, sagging breasts, belly… her stylist should have been fired even before the malfunction. Yes, her voice is shot, but the performance was fun, and I didn’t see the “rage” this blogger appears to have imagined.

  • Rock Golf

    You’re missing the best (or perhaps worst) part of X Factor. The indescribably awful John & Edward, twin 16 year old boys whose ego are as inflated as their talent is miniscule.
    They are so awful they make Sanjaya look like Adam Lambert by comparison.
    This week they covered Britney Spears “Oops! I Did It Again” in matching shiny red jumpsuits. Tuneless. out of sync with the dancers and each other.
    And to top it off, they even recreated that spoken word bit where Britney’s boyfreind gives her the jewel from Titanic. You’ll simultaneously laugh & throw up a little in your mouth.
    Simon Cowell described perfectly why they haven’t made the bottom two despite their unmitigated horridnees. “I feel the same as the first time I watched “The Exorcist”. I thought it was awful but I can’t wait to see it again.”
    Search YouTube for “John & Edward” “x factor”. You will not be disappointed.

    • hmmm

      I AGREEE..
      their a bit like ant and dec aren’t they.. but annoying, and they really can’t sing to save their lives.. but somehow.. entertaining… I’d like them to do hosting gigs though.. they’d be fun personalities on TV.. somewhat like the brit version of heidi montag.. and what’s her husband’s name…

    • Caryn

      omg – you were sooo right! That was laughably awful… how do they keep making it through??

  • darclyte

    She looked out of it.
    Her voice is shot.
    The song is terrible.
    If she had been a contestant, Simon would have savaged her and that god awful song.
    She really seemed to be on something akin to Prozac.
    Sad really.

  • Brooke

    I suspect that the high ratings for this episode were for X-Factor judge and UK darling Cheryl Cole’s first solo performance, not this trainwreck.

    • hmmm

      come on… although i love cheryl cole.. cheryl cant match up to whitney.. u must have just watched the first minute.. even I was skeptical at the first minute.. but when the beat paced.. whitney.. revved up.. and unleashed that voice!!

  • JG

    I think it was a fun, energetic performance. She handled the “malfunction” like a trooper and just kept on singing. And even joked about it afterwards. Nice to have her back!! =)

  • Tony

    Whitney Did the damn thing and I am sure that whomever was responsible for that caught Holy hell when she got backstage! Overall I think it was a Great performance and that she rocked the damn place!!! Her interview was good and she was just a little winded afterwards but hell the edge of being live and then your dress implodes on you, come on give her a break, she has been doing her thang and she will continue to do so, Love You Whitney!!!!!

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