Just as she seesawed between motherly kindness and buxom sexuality, so too did her music thrive on contrast. Singing jazz, showtunes, pop songs and classics, her captivating deep baritone drenched the auditorium in a thick residue of chocolaty warmth. And while her effervescent fizzyness was what most had come to see, it was actually when Le Gateau was at her most earnest that made the most impact. In a mournful rendition of Whitney's "I Wanna Dance With Somebody", she de-wigged and perched at the front of the stage, replaying some moment of past anguish through her pained eyes. And her version of "Ol' Man River" from Show Boat, stripped of her finery and stood firmly in a hard unflinching spotlight, burned with guttural intensity, proving the undeniable vocal talent that lies behind the character on stage.
Le Gateau Chocolat is silky, smooth and beautiful and everything you could ever want from a mouthful of chocolate. Unless of course you don't like picking hair out of your chocolate... Because peeping out from the wigs and the makeup and the feathers, she sure has one hell of a fine beard. And not in a manicured Conchita way. Hers is one that would give my boyfriend total beard-envy... but I digress. Yes, she looks amazing, but it's what she does on stage that's so magical. And like Wonka popping candy, her crackle rubs right off on you and makes you come away feeling amazing. Just like sitting down with a kilo of Lindor Balls.