Pop princess Kylie Minogue wowed media and record company executives at a special cocktail party held to celebrate her Aphrodite: Les Folies tour.
The 43-year-old will perform the first of her three Sydney gigs tonight at the Entertainment Centre.
But last night Minogue was in fine voice, thrilling the audience with a five-song set.
She was greeted by a Minogue flashmob, led by Sydney drag identity Joyce Maynge, beofre heading inside the Wildfire restaurant at Circular Quay to a crowd of admirers.
Minogue worked the room briefly before taking to the stage, where she talked about her pleasure at being home in Australia, the details of the tour — rumoured to be her last — and the support of her fans.
She then picked up the microphone, introduced her band and kicked off with two tracks from the 2007 X album, Nu-Di-Ty, followed by In My Arms, before launching into a torch song rendition of the 1988 hit I Should Be So Lucky, smiling knowingly as the crowd joined in the singing.
Minogue picked up the tempo to close with the third single from the Aphrodite album, Better Than Today, before a break in proceedings to allow Frontier Touring’s Michael Gudinski to step on stage and praise Minogue as not only an amazing talent, but a great ambassador for Australia.
He also hailed the Aphrodite: Les Folies tour as the best of its kind the world had ever seen.
Minogue was called back to the stage, the crowd again joining in as she sang the lead single from the Aphrodite album, All The Lovers.
The pop princess then mingled with the crowd, posing for photos with those who asked and talking with everyone from New Mardi Gras (yes, a return party performance was discussed) to media and assembled celebrities.