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This is a bullshit-free review!

Britney Spears descended from the sky at the New Orleans Arena on Tuesday night to rightfully reclaim her role as the Princess of Pop. And Perez was lucky enough to be there!

One of the reasons we decided to go to New Orleans was because we weren't sure if Britney would make it without quitting through to the middle of April, when her Circus tour is scheduled to hit Los Angeles. Heck, we weren't even sure she could pull off opening night.

And she did! Quite well. Much better than we had expected!

Here's how it all went down: The Pussycat Dolls went on at 8:00 P.M. sharp and put on an energetic 40-minute set of hits. Robin Antin, the group's founder, told us that they had just one day and only two hours on stage to reconfigure their arena show to be in-the-round, as is the case with Britney's 3-stage circus.

Backstage we ran into K-Fat and Spears' newly rehired assistant, Felicia Culotta. There was no sense of chaos or panic behind the scenes before Britney went on, which surprised us.

There was a pre-show featuring clowns, martial arts and acrobatics, and Britney went on at approximately 9:20 P.M, playing for about an hour and forty minutes.

A video featuring none other than yours truly, Perez, opened the show, and - we are pleased to say - it was very warmly received!

Spears descended from the roof on an apparatus and kicked things off with the appropriately-themed Circus. And she looked great! The outfits were fab and her body was bangin! Her leg muscles are ridic!

Now, let's get our biggest gripe/problem with the show out of the way. Yes, she lipsynchs during the entire concert. There is no live singing. None!. She recorded vocals to "sound like" live, but they were all canned, pre-taped.

However, it's a Britney Spears show. You expect that!

Even though you expect it, though, it would be nice if at least a handful of the almost 20 song set were live. But, that's not gonna happen.

In exchange for the miming, you do get Spears doing what she does best, dancing. And she's got the moves again!

We were a bit underwhelmed by her live TV appearances performing Womanizer. She seemed drugged and lethargic. She'd walk around from point A to point B, just walking - without much (if any) confidence.

Well, we are pleased to say that Britney has her confidence back! And she seemed to be having a great time throughout the whole show. You could tell by the huge grin that appeared on her face throughout the evening.

She didn't say much. In fact, she didn't speak at all to the audience until after the very last song! We do wish she would have said something earlier, but she didn't have to. She spoke through her body and that infectious smile.

When you see Britney smile, you can't help but smile back!

Her only words the whole night were, "Thank you New Orleans, I love u guys. Did y'all have a good time? Thank you so much," which she said after the final encore, Womanizer.

The show is a non-stop, exhilarating assault on the eyes, a visual extravaganza. And there is a LOT that Britney does. To her credit, she pulled it off! She did it!

She danced like she hasn't danced in a very long time. And, one of the best parts of the evening was that Spears seemed to be clear-headed. She did not appear heavily-sedated or lethargic at all. She was on point!

It being the very first show of the tour, you could tell she was wasn't 100% tight with the choreography yet, but she was more than just going through the motions. She was feeling it and into it!

We had never seen a show in-the-round before and it was a thrilling experience. There is no bad seat in the house! And director Jamie King did an exquisite job of filling the space and being inventive.

The show was fun and fresh and dazzling! There were definitely many more "moving pieces" than in Madonna's recent Sticky & Sweet tour, which King also directed.

There were a few missteps on the production-front, a misguided heavy metal segment and some empty space with two background vocalists that could be filled or tightened after Spears sings lipsynchs the ballad Everytime.

But, those moments were definitely very few and far between. If you are a Britney fan - or someone who appreciates a big spectacle - then you will love the show. Jamie did an amazing job of giving the concert a true Circus-like feel, incorporating magic, aerialists, clowns, tons of dancers and lots of razzle dazzle.

The most jaw-dropping moment of the show was when Spears performed Breath On Me accompanied by two aerialists, who turned their bodies into a bed and sent Britney flying into the sky with them! But, not just that, she totally was fearless in the air and did some amazing moves herself in the air!

Other highlights include the super-playful If You Seek Amy - with boys and hammers - and an amped up version of …Baby One More Time, which still kills.

From flying sets, smoke, wind, pyro, this concert has it all. But it's biggest asset is definitely Spears herself.

There is something about Britney that makes her truly special. She has that indescribable "it" factor. People are always rooting for her, even when she was at her lowest lows. We genuinely want to see her succeed! We've seen her grow up in front of our eyes, and we love her - shortcomings and all. She may not be perfect, but that's okay. She's our Britney.

And she's back, bitches!

We can't wait to see the show again in Atlanta and Miami and see it get better and better.

Perez, your faithful and honest critic, over and out!

P.S. We do feel confident now that Britney is going to finish out the tour, so we are uber excited we'll see it in Los Angeles too.

Enjoy the Circus!

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  1. 1

    SO EXCITED TO SEE IT



  2. 2

    yay perez you lucky bastard



  3. 3

    LOVE YA!



  4. 4

    first! haha. yay britney.



  5. 5

    wow.
    i still love herrr



  6. 6

    sounds badass



  7. 7

    that sounds so good!
    i love britney, glad she rocked it :]



  8. 8

    Wow.



  9. 9

    FIRST?? :O



  10. 10

    she lipsynced the Entire show SMH
    still rooting for her though



  11. 11

    twitter.com/mcoop



  12. 12

    Bummer she didnt even sing atleast the ballad live, but whatev

    So glad her dancing is back, she had been lacking.

    Cant wait to see her March 30th in Houston!!!!

    GO Britney!!!!



  13. 13

    wow…..you so lucky to see it!!!!!



  14. 14

    lip synching is not talent! you're a sellout but we already knew that. this "review" is just what i expected from an ass sucker like perez.



  15. 15

    the show was AMAZING!
    i just got home from it and i want to go back!!

    definitely worth the money (:
    great review perez (: (:



  16. 16

    aw, yay! i'm glad to hear it went well. i'm not the biggest fan of britney's music, but she sure knows how to put on one hell of a show. i would have loved to be there.



  17. 17

    OH MY GOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ITS BRITNEY BITCHES!!!!!!!!!



  18. 18

    YAY BRIT!



  19. 19

    LOVE BRITNEY!!!!!!!!! OMG I KNEW THIS WAS GONNA BE AMAZING!!!! IAM GLAD I HAVE ONE OF THE BEST TICKETS IN THE HOUSE BABY!!!! GO BRIT THE WORLD IS WAITING FOR YOU!!!!!! HELL YEAH AND MADONNA LOVERS GO SUCK HER SAGGY BIG CHUNKY VAGINA!!!!!



  20. 20

    im very jealous.



  21. 21

    perez was paid to do this you can bet on it.

  22. Crock says – reply to this


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    THAT IS JUST WHAT I WANTED TO HEAR! I am soooo excited… I am so happy for her! She deserves nothing but the best! I Can't wait!!! I Love you Perez… XOXO



  23. 23

    HELL YEAH!



  24. 24

    Im so excited, Im gonna throw up



  25. 25

    OMG cant wait to go. i have got my tickets.. yay BRITNEY



  26. 26

    Woot!

  27. p_nut says – reply to this


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    Argh!!! SO EXCITING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    SO HAPPY IT WENT WELL! AND WE ALL TOTALLY NEW SHE WUD LIP SYNCH. HWO GIVES A FUK



  28. 28

    I LOVE YOU BRIT!!!!!!!!!



  29. 29

    yayayayaya!!!! I AM SO HAPPY FOR HER! I hope everything with this tour comes out okay for everyone. Us and her.

    Good job, Team Spears!



  30. 30

    lipsyncher :(



  31. 31

    Sounded AMAZING!!!!! SO excited to see it april 29th!!



  32. 32

    cool!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    i cant wait until april 20th!!!
    (thats when im going)



  33. 33

    odd. she was singing live at the rehearsals. eh.
    i wish i could've gone… i really do. sounds incredible!
    i love britney :)

    ps - i hope they release this on dvd! i would LOVE to see the performances of "if u seek amy" and "breathe on me," and would love to hear the "amed up" version of "one more time"!



  34. 34

    FUCK THIS SHIT!!! This chick can't even sing!!!!

    Britney can't even sing a NO DANCING- BALLAD???

    Those tapes out their of her "real" voice must be real.

    Fuck spending money on someone who cannot sing.

    What a joke.



  35. 35

    LUCKYYYYYY i wanna go soo bad oh well ;/



  36. 36

    greeeatt!im seeing her in houston and was wondering…
    i bought the vip package..with the backstage passes
    and the vip party thing..and it says general admission seats
    is that a good thing or a bad thing?
    i paid alot of money..so im just wondering how close to the circus ill really be,,,

  37. Kate1 says – reply to this


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    Let me tell you that I have tickets to see Britney in april, and i am super exited, but reading this MADE ME A MILLION TIMES MORE EXCITED!!

    Love me some britney! :)



  38. 38

    ahhh.. yay. i love britney. i'm so glad that she's back to her old self. i never lost faith in our girl… =) i knew that if anyone could make a comeback.. it would definitely be britney spears.



  39. 39

    britney is the best!!!



  40. 40

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    PEREZ YOU DELETED THE LAST THREAD!
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    BLAH



  41. 41

    I am soooo psyched to see the show!!!!
    I cannot wait!



  42. 42

    Glad to hear that! I wish i got tickets to the ATL show, I might have to run out and get some.



  43. 43

    YAYAYYA



  44. 44

    it's amazing she's putting on such a spectacle after the rough few years she's had.

    really happy for her.

    she should be proud.



  45. 45

    wohoo love you Britney!

  46. Nici says – reply to this


    46

    Loves it!!! So glad to hear she's back…lots of love from CANADA!!!



  47. 47

    I am so freaken excited!!!!! I knew her show would be awesome! Thank you for posting this- I am seeing her in Miami, and I cannot wait!!!



  48. 48

    who the fuck cares. she doesnt even sing. wtf is the point.



  49. 49

    YES!!!!! Work it out, B!!!



  50. 50

    i want to go see it!!!!!!!!!!!1



  51. 51

    Altho WHY does K-Fat have to be hanging around. He's such a buzz-kill



  52. 52

    YAY! i wish i could see one of her shows!



  53. 53

    YAYYYYYY!!!!! I CANT WAIT TO SEE IT! THANKS PEREZ!



  54. 54

    Ugh!. I want to see her in Houston so badly.. but there's no way i can afford a ticket, not even from up high, them hoes are a thousand dollars.. i wont even see her. Lucky viewers.. enjoy it! BITCHESS haha

  55. C&V says – reply to this


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    PRINCESS BRITNEY IS BACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



  56. 56

    why does she always lipsynch now, can she even sing anymore? she used to be amazing live



  57. 57

    she sang everytime? it wasnt listed on her setlist..



  58. 58

    i personally don't get it. Perez your site got huge risking her suicuide. This is just wrong. This is just all kinds of wrong. why dont' anyone see it. I mean, come one. This is just wrong. You wanted her to die a year ago to get hits on your site. I can't understand it. You go on about Chris Brown but you were just as abusive. Verbal abusive and the fact she puts you on her show makes her look very weak. I would never see if you are there.



  59. 59

    OH PEREZ I HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR UR REVIEW AND HERE IT IS.

    I AM GLAD U SAID IT HONESTLY AND DIDN'T BULL S*** IT. THE SHOW SOUNDS AND INCREDIBLE AND I THINK U HIT ON POINT WHEN U SAID, "PPL WANT TO SEE HER DO BETTER, AND EVEN THOUGH SHE IS NOT PERFECT THAT IS OK BECAUSE SHE IS OUR BRITNEY."

    UNFOURTUNATELY I HAVE TO WAIT UNTIL SHE COMES TO LOS ANGELES. I'M GOING TO SEE HER ONLY ONE NIGHT BUT HOPEFULLY I WIN OTHER TICKETS CAUSE I KNOW IM GOING TO WANT TO SEE IT MORE THAN ONCE.

    THANKS AGAIN AND U KNOW Y WE LOVE BRITNEY?

    BECAUSE

    IT'S BRITNEY, BITCH!!!!!!!!!!



  60. 60

    I think that Perez is being upright here. He may be susceptible to flattery, but he strikes me as to passionate in a nerdy kind of way to take bribes.



  61. 61

    hea!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I knew it - can't wait to see her!!!!

  62. DALE says – reply to this


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    "this is a bullshit free review"riiiight, like when your paid to be in the show LIAR!. It's sad that lip-synching is the "norm" its much more difficult to sing in pitch, than memorize dance steps, There was a heavy metal segment? LOL! wow sounds great (sarcasm).



  63. 63

    YOU ARE SO ABSOLUTELY RIGHT PEREZ!
    I was there, and I loved EVERY second of it.
    OUR BRITNEY IS BACK!!!!!!
    If I could rewind this night all over, I would.
    Britney was ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!!!!!!!!
    I KNEW SHE COULD DO IT!
    And I'm so proud of her, as was the rest of the screaming fans in that sold out arena!

    LOVED YOUR INTRO PEREZ!!!!
    Didnt you soooo love the "PEREZ WHERE YOU AT?!?!" on the text message screen?!
    Lol I was hoping to seee you but I wasnt fortunate enough!
    Glad you had fun in the N.O.
    COME BACKKK SOOON!!!!!! :D



  64. 64

    yay! 27 more days til i see her! i honestly was expecting her to maybe at least actually sing the slow songs…..oh well. i cant believe i paid $100 dollars to see a circus….not a concert. it is britney though!



  65. 65

    sounds like a good time.. but she doesn't talk to the audience at all until after the last song?? wtf is that about?? the best part of a concert is knowing the artists are happy to be there performing for you. i'd be pissed.



  66. 66

    We all knew she would come through!! Even through all her struggles!! yay BRIT!!! SHE'S AMAZING!!!!!



  67. 67

    Some thick assed brown nosing going on here, especially since he used to rag on her so often!



  68. 68

    Lip sync concerts are the best. Everyone should do it. Why would anyone want to hear real singing or even live instruments for that matter at a live concert anyway?



  69. 69

    love herrrrrrrrr!



  70. 70

    faithful and honest critic? you dressed as Queen Elizabeth I as part of the introduction act of her new show. its wicked that you're enthusiastic but you're hardly non-partisan.



  71. 71

    I'm insanely jealous right now, perez!!!!!!!!!BRITNEY ROCKS!!!!



  72. 72

    First of all, it was refreshing to read such a honest and objective critic of you Perez (doesn't happen often).
    Second, not gonna see the show, not interested in it. I wanna see concerts, not shows like hers.



  73. 73

    yesss
    so excited to see her in april!



  74. 74

    you lucky bitch perez, you get to see the concert more than once…I can't even afford one ticket and she's coming directly to my hometown…



  75. 75

    Words of advice for Avril Lavigne to get a positive review from perez hilton DON'T - sing live - play guitar - play piano, DO lip-synch - have aerialists - pyro.



  76. 76

    I want to go with to the show now. I don't care if they pre-recorded the vocals, as long as she sung them in the first place. Their are artists that prerecord and they just walk around the stage, but Britney flies, dances, strips and puts on a SHOW. I never doubted her talent. She got to MMC, Star Search, and got signed on Jive for her a reason! And she obviously oozes just genuine appeal and that x-factor that people would kill for. She's a singer in the studio, an entertainer in her shows. I've learned to accept that and I can't wait! I'm sorry I was ever a hater. Props to this girl.



  77. 77

    I went to the show in new Orleans and all I have to say is…..It was awesome. For all the people that are completely hating on your, you are watching a performance. Everyone is aware of that.



  78. 78

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    I'M NOT TRYING TO BE MEAN BUT SHE LOOKS PLUMP AND NOT IN SHAPE IN THE PICS PEREZ!
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    OH WELL SHE'S HOTTER THAN LEONA PACKS-A-PEEN AND ORCHID SMELLY-PU$$

  79. Dano says – reply to this


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    uuh i love her



  80. 80

    So people are paying good money to see retarded white trash who can not sing live, do bad special effects? She is such a zero

    And she looks spaced out of her tiny mind.

    Why does the retard wear a headset when she doesn't sing?



  81. 81

    If you want to see a good show GO!
    Every moment seemed breathtaking.



  82. 82

    this post honestly makes me sick to my stomach. i can't belive what you are doing. you were so mean to her. and now you are using her like all the other you claim are using her. I mean, this is so wrong. I can't understand why no one sees that. You care a parasite Perez. A fat parasite. Nothing you will say anymore i will believe. It's time to destroy you.



  83. 83

    I'm so excited to see this show! I'm totally rooting for her! go Brit…you look fabulous!



  84. 84

    I stopped reading this site a few months ago and after reading these comments I'm reminded of why I switched to Videogum. Perez had the oppotunity to star in the concert's opening footage AND got backstage passes, which means he's obviously in Britney Spears' good graces (re: her media puppet). His review WAS NOT unbiased. What do you think her people would do if the person opening the show, a person who has a VERY popular website, bad-mouthed her performance? Perez's video certainly would not be played.
    As VERY diehard, old-school Britney fans, my girlfriends and I were utterly UNDERWHELMED by this concert. Sure the costumes were cool and her dance moves were okay (it was really obvious that the dancers were working extra hard to support Mrs. Spears), but she didn't sing and she didn't write any of the music she "sang". I paid $100 to watch a disappointing version of Britney regurgitate dance moves while sort of attempting to lips synch along.
    If I had come to this concert 4 years ago I would have seriously asked for my money back. I fucking love Britney, well, maybe LOVED Britney. Because I just got ripped off and I'm tired of people claiming that "SHE'S BACK!!" just because she didn't shave her head and neglect her children.



  85. 85

    uugh, never could sing, overrated, money machine who doesn't write her own music. and she's waay past her prime. when she's considered a top musician I understand what's wrong with the U.S.



  86. 86

    PRINCESS B



  87. 87

    It's pathetic when you have to give a performer credit because she didn't seem sedated. And not only credit, it was "one of the best parts of the evening." I think that says it all. Britney Spears fans are lowest common denominator types. You're the reason we're all going to hell in a hand basket. Thanks jerk offs. Now go read a book. And I'm not talking about Twilight. Try to pull your silly putty brain together and challenge yourself a bit.



  88. 88

    Sooo…I know you all think "Perez is paid to say that blah blah blah" let me clarify….he is dead right on all of this!! I just got home from the show and it was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! Britney is back…as she said in her show "This Mama Is In Control!" This bitch has it going on and she shows it! If you have a chance to go see any of her other shows def do it! I would love to get to see this show again, it's that good. Congrats Britney! And Congrats Perez, your opening was the best and you worked it as only you can!



  89. 89

    she will sing live. it seemed and sounded live.



  90. 90

    go brit!!



  91. 91

    lol and omg look how chubby she looks and the costumes are RIDICULOUS!

  92. RubyM says – reply to this


    92

    FUCKING AWESOME!!!
    Thanks for the review P! I soooooo wish I could go. There is no concert better than Britney Spears'!! So fucking good that she's on top of her game again.
    Awesome!



  93. 93

    Lame sucker! You seriously thought she won't pull it off??? Then why being part of it you dumbass??? Right cause you are a famewhore… out of that many ppl there why you where the chosen one??? I know it's not that easy to find a freak but come on anyone can do it better!
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    I'll make sure we booo you enough when the show comes to California!!!
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  94. 94

    "And there is a LOT that Britney does. To her credit, she pulled it off! She did it!"

    Hell fuck no she didn't. If she was that bangin' and good to go SHE WOULDN'T BE LIPSYNCHING the entire DAMN SHOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    SING A DAMN SONG WOMAN!! If we want to just "hear" ya damn music we'll listen to the radio or the friggin' CD!

    I was planning to attend a concert but not if she's not even bothering to sing one damn song!

    GET REAL!



  95. 95

    I wonder how much she had to pay you to write this bullshit, ass kissing "review"?



  96. 96

    Re: spinabifida – WORD. There are so many bands that work so much harder than her and produce far better music but don't get the recognition because they didn't sell their adolescent sexuality for a shot at….well….being photographed a lot?



  97. 97

    Omg! I was 6 rows from the stage on the first set of risers. AMAZING I tell you! Amazing! She's is back and killing it, guys! Her outfits were incredible as did she look amazing in them for being a mother! Her dancing is excellent and the side entertainment and tricks that goes into the circus theme (I won't give anything away!!) is FREAKIN' AWESOME!
    I have to say that the actual bottom floor seats aren't all that great from what I saw because she switches from left to right onto the mini stages that are next to the main stage, however, she spends most of her time on the main stage. The fans on the floor have to look up the entire show, so I totally recommend the first set of risers for everyone.

    Attending this concert is a must do on everyone BS fan's to do list! Make/ Buy shirts and show your support, the fans and Britney LOVE IT!



  98. 98

    perez, your site looks like it's been raped by Make me a Supermodel



  99. 99

    I am going to see her in Miami, and now I think I am going to buy tickets to see her in Las Vegas too. She looks awesome in her outfits.

  100. kacky says – reply to this


    100

    Why does she need the microphone?

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