Whitney Houston lined up to replace Michael Jackson's O2 gigs

Friday July 31, 2009

Michael Jackson's 50-date residency at London's O2 arena was billed to be one of the biggest comeback tours in history.

And now those dates are set to be filled by another pop icon hoping to revive her career – Whitney Houston

It's being reported that the US star is on the verge of signing up to replace Michael and perform some of the 23 dates the late king of pop was due to perform in 2010. 

Robbie Williams is also being lined up as a replacement at the 23,000 capacity venue.

The pair are thought to be pencilled in for separate dates in January, February and March next year.

Whitney recently returned to the public eye with the launch of her new album, I Look To You, also in London.

The record – her first in seven years – is due for release in August, making the O2 dates the perfect opportunity to perform her new material. 

"Whitney Houston has been on our wish-list for a while – she has the voice and the hits to sell the arena out several times over," a source at US entertainment company AEG said.

"Robbie's eagerly-awaited album will be out soon and he is likely to be touring Europe next year," the source added. "It will be perfect for him to start with shows at the O2."

Photo: © Rex

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