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Showgirl: The Greatest Hits Tour

Showgirl: The Greatest Hits Tour was the eighth concert tour by Australian singer Kylie Minogue, in support of her second major greatest hits compilation, Ultimate Kylie (2004). The tour began on 19 March 2005 in Glasgow, Scotland at SECC Concert Hall 4 and concluded on 7 May 2005 in London, England at the Earls Court Exhibition Centre, consisting of 37 shows in Europe.

Showgirl: The Greatest Hits Tour
Tour by Kylie Minogue
Kylie ShowgirlGHTourImage.jpg
Promotional poster for tour
Associated albumUltimate Kylie
Start date19 March 2005
End date7 May 2005
No. of shows37 in Europe
Box officeUS$19.97 million
Kylie Minogue concert chronology

Eighteen dates in Australia and three dates in Asia originally scheduled for the tour, as well as a headlining slot at the 2005 Glastonbury Festival, but were postponed due to Minogue being diagnosed with breast cancer.[1] The tour resumed on 11 November 2006, renamed Showgirl: The Homecoming Tour, with a revised set list and new costumes.[2]

Performances in the United Kingdom grossed nearly $20 million and, at the conclusion of 2005, the tour placed 46th on Pollstar's 2005 "Top 100 Worldwide Tours".[3] The tour sold 339,105 tickets throughout the year.[4]


On 24 October 2004, it was announced that Minogue would go on tour to promote her compilation album Ultimate Kylie.[5] Minogue described the tour as "a celebration of pop songs and my career, but also a long-term relationship with my audience".[6]

The tour was set to visit both Australia and Asia in May and June 2005, with a further 35 shows scheduled for performance; once the European leg had finished, Minogue made the journey to Australia where she was diagnosed with breast cancer just two days before the first show; henceforth, the shows were cancelled. The shows in Australia were rescheduled for November in the following year under the new title of "Homecoming" and the Asian dates never came to fruition.

Minogue was also scheduled to be the first female to headline Glastonbury Festival since 1999 in June 2005 but was subsequently forced to withdraw; her slot was filled by Basement Jaxx, who performed "Can't Get You Out of My Head" in honour of Minogue.

There were originally plans to record the show on Minogue's birthday at Melbourne's Rod Laver Arena but plans had to be cancelled after her breast cancer diagnosis. The show was later released on DVD by using a recording at the Earls Court Exhibition Centre that was meant to be used for UK TV broadcast only.

Concert synopsisEdit

Minogue during the show's first act

The show was split into seven acts, being them Showgirl, Smiley Kylie, Denial, What Kylie Wants, Kylie Gets, Dreams, Kyliesque, Minx in Space, with the addition of an encore. The show opens with an instrumental introduction that features writing on the video screen introducing Minogue. She then rises out of the stage on a platform dressed in a blue showgirl outfit. She begins singing "Better the Devil You Know", which is quickly followed by performances of "In Your Eyes" and "Giving You Up". Minogue then performs "On a Night Like This", which begins in the style of a ballad, before resuming with the original after the first chorus. The ending is in the same style as the beginning of the song, where Minogue is taken below the stage, closing the section. The second section begins with a dance interlude, that uses excerpts of "Shocked" and "Do You Dare?", before Minogue rises out of the centre of the stage as the DNA intro of "Shocked" is heard. She sings up to the middle eight, before a short segue is played using excerpts of "It's No Secret", "Keep on Pumpin' It", "Give Me Just a Little More Time" and "What Kind of Fool (Heard All That Before)", which leads into a two-verse-two-chorus performance of "What Do I Have to Do", which is succeeded by another segue using an excerpt of "Over Dreaming (Over You)" and then a performance of "Spinning Around" (sampling the instrumentation of "Finally"), which is followed by a dance interlude after the middle eight using excerpts of "Step Back in Time" and "Such a Good Feeling". The third section begins with a performance of "In Denial", a virtual duet with Neil Tennant. This is followed by a performance of "Je Ne Sais Pas Pourquoi", before Minogue closes the act with a performance of "Confide in Me".

Minogue performing Can't Get You Out of My Head

The fourth act begins with a spraying sound effect during which fake showers and gym equipment rises onto the stage, before Minogue appears on a box singing "Red Blooded Woman" which features a chorus of "Where the Wild Roses Grow" before the middle eight. Minogue then performs "Slow" which is followed by a small flamenco interlude which precedes a performance of "Please Stay". The fifth section begins with a cover of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" where Minogue rises from behind the stage on a sequined moon. This is then followed by a torch version of "Come into My World". Minogue then performs "Chocolate" on the stage, which morphs at the end of the catwalk to form a "cake", from which Minogue performs "I Believe in You". The act closes with a performance of "Dreams". The sixth section opens with a performance of "Hand on Your Heart", where Minogue emerges on stage in front of a big heart. She then goes on to perform a jazz version of "The Locomotion" which is followed by a performance of "I Should Be So Lucky". Minogue then closes the act with a performance of "Your Disco Needs You". The penultimate section opens with a performance version of "Put Yourself in My Place", and a performance of "Can't Get You Out of My Head" closes the main body of the show. Minogue then performed a two-song encore, talking to the audience before performing a sing-a-long version of "Especially for You", with the audience invited to sing Jason Donovan's part. Minogue then closed the show with a performance of "Love at First Sight", with a video montage of her career shown on the video screens behind her.

Opening actEdit


Act 1: Showgirl

  1. "Overture"
  2. "Better the Devil You Know"
  3. "In Your Eyes"
  4. "Giving You Up"
  5. "On a Night Like This"

Act 2: Smiley Kylie

  1. "Shocked" (contains excerpts from "Do You Dare?", "It's No Secret", "Give Me Just A Little More Time", "Keep on Pumpin' It" and "What Kind of Fool (Heard All That Before)")
  2. "What Do I Have to Do" (contains excerpt from "I'm Over Dreaming (Over You)")
  3. "Spinning Around" (contains excerpts from "Step Back in Time" along with elements of "Finally" and "Such a Good Feeling")

Act 3: Denial

  1. "In Denial" (virtual duet with Neil Tennant)
  2. "Je Ne Sais Pas Pourquoi"
  3. "Confide in Me"

Act 4: What Kylie Wants, Kylie Gets

  1. "Red Blooded Woman" (contains excerpts from "Where the Wild Roses Grow")
  2. "Slow"
  3. "Please Stay"

Act 5: Dreams

  1. "Over the Rainbow"
  2. "Come into My World"
  3. "Chocolate"
  4. "I Believe in You"
  5. "Dreams"

Act 6: Kyliesque

  1. "Hand on Your Heart"
  2. "The Loco-Motion"
  3. "I Should Be So Lucky"
  4. "Your Disco Needs You"

Act 7: Minx in Space

  1. "Put Yourself in My Place"
  2. "Can't Get You Out of My Head"


  1. "Especially for You" (Intro contains excerpt of "Love's in Need of Love Today")
  2. "Love at First Sight"

Tour datesEdit

Date City Country Venue Attendance Revenue
19 March 2005 Glasgow Scotland SECC Concert Hall 4 43,100 / 43,100 $3,040,468
20 March 2005
22 March 2005
23 March 2005
24 March 2005
26 March 2005 Paris France Zénith de Paris
27 March 2005 Rotterdam Netherlands Rotterdam Ahoy Sportpaleis
28 March 2005 Antwerp Belgium Sportpaleis
30 March 2005 Vienna Austria Wiener Stadthalle
31 March 2005 Munich Germany Olympiahalle
1 April 2005 Basel Switzerland St. Jakobshalle
3 April 2005 Aalborg Denmark Gigantium
4 April 2005 Hamburg Germany Color Line Arena
5 April 2005 Cologne Kölnarena
7 April 2005 Dublin Ireland Point Theatre
8 April 2005
9 April 2005
11 April 2005
12 April 2005
15 April 2005 Birmingham England NEC Arena 65,976 / 65,976 $4,572,554
16 April 2005
17 April 2005
19 April 2005
20 April 2005
21 April 2005
23 April 2005 Manchester Manchester Evening News Arena 74,060 / 74,060 $5,234,740
24 April 2005
26 April 2005
27 April 2005
28 April 2005
30 April 2005 London Earls Court Exhibition Centre 105,840 / 105,840 $7,125,132
1 May 2005
2 May 2005
4 May 2005
5 May 2005
6 May 2005
7 May 2005
TOTAL 288,976 / 288,976 (100%) $19,972,894

Cancelled showsEdit

List of concerts, showing date, city, country, venue and reason for cancellation
Date City Country Venue Reason
20 May 2005 Sydney Australia Sydney Super Dome Cancelled due to cancer diagnosis[9]
21 May 2005
23 May 2005 Melbourne Rod Laver Arena
24 May 2005
25 May 2005
27 May 2005
28 May 2005
31 May 2005 Sydney Sydney Entertainment Centre
1 June 2005
2 June 2005
4 June 2005 Brisbane Brisbane Entertainment Centre
5 June 2005
6 June 2005
8 June 2005 Adelaide Adelaide Entertainment Centre
9 June 2005
12 June 2005 Perth Burswood Dome
13 June 2005
14 June 2005
17 June 2005 Singapore Singapore Indoor Stadium
20 June 2005 Bangkok Thailand IMPACT Arena
23 June 2005 Hong Kong HKCEC Hall 3
26 June 2005 Pilton England Glastonbury Festival

Broadcasts and recordingsEdit

Minogue performance in London, England on 6 May 2005 was filmed for TV broadcast and DVD release. The performance was released on DVD and Universal Media Disc on 28 November 2005. The DVD also featured "Behind the Feathers", a documentary, screensavers and exclusive photographs.[10]

The DVD reached number twenty-six on Australia's End of the Year Music DVD Chart in 2005.[11] It was certified platinum in the UK in 2005 and four times platinum in Australia in 2006.[12][13] Kylie Showgirl was nominated for "Best Music DVD" at the 2006 ARIA Music Awards, losing to Eskimo Joe.[14]

On 12 December 2005, Minogue released a digital EP featuring eight songs recorded in London, England during the Showgirl: The Greatest Hits Tour.[15]


  • Russel Thomas – director
  • Bill Lord – executive producer
  • Kylie Minogue – executive producer
  • Terry Blamey – executive producer
  • William Baker – creative director
  • Alan MacDonald – creative director
  • Steve Anderson – musical producer
  • Sean Fitzpatrick – tour manager
  • Michael Rooney – choreography
  • Rafael Bonachela – choreography
  • John Galliano – costume design
  • Karl Lagerfeld – costume design
  • Julien Macdonald – costume design
  • Ed Meadham – costume design
  • Gareth Pugh – costume design
  • Manolo Blahnik – shoes
  • Bvlgari – jewelry
  • Stephen Jones – millinery
  • Karen Alder – hair stylist

See alsoEdit

External linksEdit


  1. ^ Corder, Mike. "Kylie Minogue Has Breast Cancer". CBS. 17 May 2005. Retrieved 9 May 2008.
  2. ^ Sams, Christine. "Feathered Kylie's fans tickled pink". The Sydney Morning Herald. 12 November 2006. Retrieved 9 May 2008.
  3. ^ "Year End Top 100 Worldwide Ticket Tour Sales" (PDF). Pollstar. 16 January 2006. Retrieved 18 March 2016.
  4. ^ Waddell, Ray (1 June 2005). "The Eagles Are Top Touring Act At 2005 Mid-Point". Billboard/All Business., Inc. Retrieved 26 December 2008.
  5. ^ Sams, Christine (25 October 2004). "Kylie set for dream tour". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 10 March 2018.
  6. ^ "Billboard". 2 April 2005.
  7. ^ "Melody Club frir til Kylie" [Melody Club pander to Kylie]. Norsk rikskringkasting (in Norwegian). 23 March 2005. Retrieved 10 February 2017.
  8. ^ Sources for tour dates in Europe:
  9. ^ "Cancer forces Kylie to cancel tour". The Daily Telegraph. Telegraph Media Group. 17 May 2005. Retrieved 10 February 2017.
  10. ^ "Kylie Minogue – Showgirl – The Greatest Hits Tour" Archived 24 May 2008 at the Wayback Machine. Warner Music Australia. Retrieved 10 May 2008.
  11. ^ "ARIA Charts – End Of Year Charts – Music DVD Chart 2005". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 10 May 2008.
  12. ^ "British platinum certification for Showgirl". British Phonographic Industry. 9 December 2005. Retrieved 10 May 2008.
  13. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2006 DVD". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 10 May 2008.
  14. ^ Lynch, Sean. "Music News: 2006 ARIA AWARD Nominations Announced". Retrieved 10 May 2008.
  15. ^ "Kylie Minogue – Showgirl – The Greatest Hits Tour" Archived 5 March 2008 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 10 May 2008.