Britney Spears is a household name. She was once an electrifying performer who routinely performed in sold-out arenas throughout the world. The name Britney Spears was synonymous with success and glamour. Little girls wanted to grow up to be like Britney. Her dance routines, delivered with precision, were poetry in motion. While she was not particularly gifted with a strong vocal range, she made up for this lack with catchy tunes that caught on well with the public.
On top of all this, she was beautiful, blonde, hot and at the top of her game. She wanted the entire world to know it, too. Commercial enterprises helped spread the world. Pepsi even dished out big bucks for her to do a commercial.
To her credit, Britney would always show up for performances in excellent physical condition. The long strenuous dance routines she performed required stamina and demanded peak physical condition. She was never criticized for being out of shape.
Her public meltdown — followed in tabloids throughout the world — began shortly after her failed marriage to dancer K-Fed (Kevin Federline). The public enjoys a good celebrity scandal and appears to glean great satisfaction watching a celebrity come apart at the psychological seams.
Performing a single from her new album at the recent MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs) was designed to be the beginning of her comeback. Additional appearances, perhaps a world tour, would follow.
However, none of this will likely happen now because Britney continued her drive her career into a ditch, this time on the nationally televised VMAs.
While watching her performance Sunday evening, I felt very sorry for her. Her performance, like the one at the 2003 VMAs which included a kiss with Madonna, will likely be talked about for months, perhaps years. This latest performance will likely be viewed in the context of her public meltdown.
Unlike Britney of old, she appeared nervous and noticeably ill at ease at the most recent VMAs. Given the audience, her skimpy outfit was inappropriate especially due to her added weight. In place of the taut belly, she had a paunch and you could see her flabby booty cheeks under her hot pants. To add to these woes, her lip synching was completely off.
At times during the performance, it appeared that she just stopped singing altogether, as if she knew the performance and the comeback were failures. Britney's performance was designed to drum up excitement for her upcoming album. Instead, her performance became another example of how far she has fallen.
So where does Britney go from here? Well, the good thing is that she is well off with a reported bankroll of $300 million, so she likely does not have to perform to pay the bills. First, she should take some time off to get herself together. Hire a good publicist, a physical conditioning coach, and work on improving herself as she raises her kids. I do not believe that this will happen, as the public does not have pity for rich celebrities. But I hope the public lightens up on Britney.