POP WIZARDS OF OZ!

Many fans suffer heat exhaustion in the Adelaide excitement...

Almost 5,000 fans turned out to witness AUSTRALIA’s second POPSTARS outfit SCANDAL’US made its first public performance in ADELAIDE’s RUNDLE MALL shopping strip yesterday (April 17).

But it wasn’t the homecoming Adelaide Popstar Anna Belperio would have hoped for, discovering her headset microphone was not working just before the performance began.

She was handed a hand microphone which later proved almost useless as the group’s strict choreography kept her hands well away from her face throughout the performance.

The fans, mostly young girls crammed into the mall, waited for up

to six hours, to hear the group perform a single song, their debut single ‘Me Myself and I’ – several suffered heat exhaustion in the excitement and were treated by medics on hand.

If crowd reaction is an indicator, Scandal’us are set to scale the same heights as their Aussie Popstars predecessors Bardot although the crowd was less fervent than when Bardot‘s Adelaide debut last year, when almost 10,000 fans squeezed into an indoor shopping complex for the performance of three songs, while dozens were treated for minor inuries.

Scandal’us, a five-piece R&B-styled pop group jumped onto the stage in front of a billboard of corporate sponsors, played the single song before signing copies of their single for almost two hours.

The group – whose only previous live performance had been at an industry-only private showcase a week previously – then flew to Sydney tonight to continue its national shopping centre tour, during the week of release of the single.

Scandal’us hopes to match the achievement of Bardot, who topped the Australian ARIA charts the week of the release with both their debut self-titled album and their single, ‘Poison’, a feat replicated in the UK where Hear’Say topped both charts simultaneously with ‘Pure And Simple’ and their debut album ‘Popstars’.