Remember this, Britney? Vintage clip of Spears’ cringingly bad Vegas show goes viral as it emerges she’s ‘lip syncing in new residency’

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Bad press: Fans of Britney Spears have taken to revisiting some of her more embarrassing live performances, pictured in September in Las Vegas
It’s a moment she probably wishes to forget.

But an online video from Britney Spears’ live HBO performance for her Dream Within a Dream Tour at the MGM Grand in 2001 has resurfaced with the audio from her microphone isolated – revealing her incredibly off-key vocals.

The flashback to that notoriously bad performance comes as she is reported to be ‘lip-syncing’ for her upcoming two-year run of shows in Las Vegas next year.

The video, initially posted by LiveLeak, shows Britney prancing around belting out her song Boys in an off-key pitch.

    Later she attempts to sing Lucky but her vocals are nearly unbearable, not even resembling anything close to a trained singer – prompting many online fans to deem it both ‘horrible’ and ’embarrassing’.

    Despite the less than amateur rendition of her own material the then 19-year-old did showcase her knack for nailing her mark when it comes to dance choreography.
    Less than stellar: Britney pictured during her notorious 2001 live HBO performance singing a rendition of Boys
    Meanwhile, the 31-year-old’s upcoming Piece Of Me stint at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas is plagued by rumours that she will be lip-syncing.

    But the star denied the claims, telling Chicago’s 103.5 KISS FM earlier this month: ‘I’m definitely going to be singing live. I always sing live. It doesn’t sound so great all the time, but I do my best.’

    An insider previously revealed that the blond beauty and her team have given staff – who will have to sign a confidentiality agreement – a detailed ‘cheat sheet’ with strict instructions about how to respond to concerns or queries ahead of the star’s ‘Britney: Piece of Me’ show at Planet Hollywood.

    Not all bad: While the pop star's vocals were lacking her dance moves were on spot
    The source recently said: ‘We have been given a sheet which gives answers to questions that potential customers and such may ask when they book, like whether or not Britney will be singing live … The answers are twisted and far from the truth.’

    Her big year: 2001 was a highlight in the singer's career, pictured at the MTV VMAs
    Her big year: 2001 was a highlight in the singer’s career, pictured at the MTV VMAs
    The insider added: ‘At the moment, she’s set to pre-record vocals to use on stage rather than sing live.’

    Britney’s manager Larry Rudolph also insists her new shows, which kick off on December 27, will prove what an incredible performer she is.

    He said: ‘She does choreography and vocal coaching every day.’

    Britney’s Las Vegas show Piece Of Me, was announced last month on Good Morning America to 1,000 screaming fans, and will run at Planet Hollywood through February 22.

    She’s set to sing 21 hits over a 90 minute show and her salary is said to be $30m for two years.

    But a source at the time told the NY Daily News that ‘Britney does not sing’ and added, ‘She is being paid a lot of money to lip-sync. Her fans are none the wiser, but it is disingenuous of her to take their cash and not deliver a proper performance.’

    If this sounds familiar it’s because four years ago audience members walked out of one of Britney’s Circus shows in Australia and demanded their money back because they said she was lip-syncing. 

    However, Britney has since spoken out and denied the claims.

    The singer has also revealed that she put her foot down when it came to Work B**ch, cutting half of the original footage because she believed it was far too racy for her taste.
    Does not bode well: The 31-year-old's upcoming two year stint at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas is plagued by rumours that she will be 'lip-syncing'
    Britney said she wished she could go back to the ‘old days’, when videos were more focused on music and dancing rather than sexy outfits and raunchy antics.

    ‘A lot of sex goes into what I do. 

    ‘But sometimes I would like to bring it back to the old days when there was like one outfit through the whole video, and you’re dancing the whole video, and there’s like not that much sex stuff going on,’ she said.


    Okay, since when can Britney sing?  In my own opinion I see her more as a performer than a singer.  I love Britney spears, but personally if I were to go see Britney live.  I want her to lip sync.  I want her to give me a good show, look good doing it and lip sync on key.  I would never expect her to sing live.  I have heard her sing live and it was not pretty.  But when she lip syncs…..I must say she can put on a show.  Let her do what she does best. 

    Now If I went to see someone like Beyonce’ I’d be pissed if she lip synced, because her voice is what I want to here.  She doesn’t need to put on a show. She could sit there and sing to me all night and not move. But when she sings live and dances, oh my gosh, she’s the bomb. There’s nothing like it.

    Britney is famous for what she does. Let her do it, and quit nit picking.  I say, you don’t want to see her put on a show.  Then don’t go. Just Sayin’

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