Williams makes up for X factor shambles With great gig London Lite Wednesday, 21 October 2009 15 by KEVIN WIDDOP have some of that! robbie bounces back Why tV praises coke-using execs AFTER he was accused of frightening children on The X Factor, Robbie Williams had a lot to prove -- and not only to the 2,000 people at the Roundhouse. His big live comeback, which marked the opening of the BBC Electric Proms, was being broadcast on Radio 1, BBC 2 and in cinemas across Europe -- pretty impressive for a man who says he is crippled by stage fright. But while he was clearly on edge on Simon Cowells TV show, last night he seemed sharp, in a clean-cut double-denim outfit that wouldnt look out of place in an M&S ad. Robbie needs to feel the love from the crowd -- his catchphrase is, You look beautiful tonight! -- and happily the audience obliged, even for the new songs. You could see him enjoying himself. With an orchestra on stage and producer Trevor Horn on bass, Robbies eighth album, Reality Killed The Video Star, sounded big and showy. Essentially its more of what he does best: articulate sensitive emotions with all the subtlety of a sledgehammer. The single, Bodies, was accompanied by the same backwards hopping he did on X Factor. He dedicated the sweet new track Wont Do That to his missus. Towards the end, Angels got the crowd up and dancing; if anyone had recently sent a loved one to the oven to it, they didnt let on. Robbie knows his fans love his vulnerability as much as his songs, and obligingly, told an anecdote about his new best mate Gary Barlow. The orchestra suddenly seemed a poor substitute for Take That. Still, on this form -- he seemed like someone youd happily leave your children with -- they could do a lot worse than take him back for good. Clean-cut,sensitive,showy...hestheone Review Robbie williams HHHHI by amber Cowan ROBBIE WILLIAMS made a triumphant return to the live stage last night with his first full gig in three years. He previewed songs from his new album, Reality Killed The Video Star, and performed classic tracks including Feel and Angels at the Roundhouse in Camden. The 35-year-old former Take That stars come- back has been less successful so far than he might have hoped, with his single Bodies beaten to No 1 by X Factor winner Alexandra Burke and his disappointing appearance on the ITV1 programme. But the sell-out Camden gig set a new Guinness World Record for the most simultane- ous cinema screenings of a live concert, as tens of thou- sands of fans across Europe watched it go out. show of hands: fans at the gig; williams, right, last night Inbrief huge roadshow for iVf couples Londons first fertility roadshow is targeting couples who have trouble conceiving. The Fertility show at olympia on 6 and 7 november is being called the Ideal Home exhibition for making babies. More than 40 of the capitals IVF doctors will advise visitors. Men can pay 100 for on-the-spot fertility checks after the show secured the first licence to do the tests at a public venue. council staff in fear of biscuits HUndREds of council workers have been duped by a fake survey about the perils of eating biscuits. The spoof questionnaire was sent to 5,849 council workers as part of a promotional drive by Foxs for its Rocky bar. one council claimed to have supervised tea breaks for safety reasons. A staggering 1,250 workers took the time to complete the survey sent by the fictitious British Biscuit Advisory Board. TV EXECUTIVES known to use cocaine are celebrated for their off-the-wall ways rather than reprimanded, a former BBC producer has claimed. Sarah Graham, 40, who has worked on Childrens BBC, said drug use was widespread in the broadcasting industry. Giving evidence to the home affairs select committee hearing on cocaine use yesterday, she told how she was offered the drug on her first day at the BBC during a night out in Soho with an unnamed radio presenter and producer. This led to a decade-long addiction to crack cocaine and heroin that ended with her going into rehab in 2001. Asked if former colleagues were still in place, Miss Graham, who also worked at Channel 4s The Big Breakfast and is now a drugs counsellor, said that they were, adding: Some of them behave in off-the-wall ways and people bow down to them. H ex-addict: sarah Graham index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html40.html41.html42.html43.html