Britney Spears Off to Rocky Start, Enrique Iglesias Bows Out of Co-Headlining Tour

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Posted March 31, 2011 by J Matthew Cobb in News
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Other than the slightly-jilted live performances during her promo blitz, Spears’ tour could be in big trouble without a super opener like Iglesias

Somebody please explain the Britney Spears’ performance on ‘Good Morning America’?

Spears is now on a promotional tour for her new album, Femme Fatale (released this Tuesday) and is saving all of the big singing and dance routines for her summer tour, probably. Lip-synching is one thing, but Spears didn’t really do too much. Spears’ fancy attack-and-pause dance steps were absolutely missing and replaced with gentle walks, borderline-sexy struts and a giant orb flickering behind a giant chair giving off the idea that Ms. Spears was getting shock treatment. Any comparisons to Lady Gaga or Madonna were shot during her GMA performance and was incredibly destroyed when she performed later on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’. She looked tired and out of step during her performances of “Hold It Against Me” and her latest hit, “Til the World Ends.” Other than the rambunctious crowd, carrying the heavy load of the sing-a-long chorus using their church choir exuberance , the performance was outperformed by the pre-recorded synthpop tracks.

Spears also cancelled her TV appearance on Ellen.

Spears also wanted to do a pre-taped interview with Carson Daily, but with very strict interview conditions. Daily, who met Spears years ago on MTV’s ‘TRL’ almost a decade ago, was told by Spears’ management to submit his questions to her team for their approval. Daily fled to his Twitter to post his disappointment over the guidelines.

“I was jst TOLD my @britneyspears interview tomm on @ampradio MUST b pre-recorded & submitted 4 approval by HER mgmt b4 it can air! F THAT!”

never that restricted. Even when I interviewed Michael Jackson, it wasn’t anything like this…it’s really insane.

Fans of Spears’ retialiated at the NBC talk show host, with one tweeter calling him an “unprofessional a–hole.” Daily replied:

I’M UNPROFESSIONAL? FAKING AN ENTIRE INTERVIEW?

jst shocked her mgmt won’t let her do a normal interview. She probly doesn’t even know.

I’ve known and supported her since she was 15. This has nothing to do w her. Just her ppl

Latin pop singer Enrique Iglesias, now blazing the nation with his latest hit “Tonight (I’m Lovin’ You),” was originally scheduled to be Spears’ tour partner this summer, until he announced he is backing out. It is rumored that Iglesias wanted equal billing with the pop princess. For weeks, lawyers and agents for both stars were busy hammering out an agreement for the planned tour. Her choice of words about the tour on ‘Good Morning America’, revealing Iglesias as the opening act, seemed to be an uppercut to the face.

Iglesias representative Gary Mantoosh said in a press statement released yesterday that his client and Spears will not tour together ‘despite initial reports based on formal discussions of the possible run’.

Iglesias’s management apologized over the confusion the announcement may have caused to anyone. The statement also included that Iglesias is a fan of Britney and respects her. If the tour kicks off, this would be Britney’s first full live shows since her popular 2009 The Circus tour, which raked in an impressive $131.8 million in global ticket sales.

A source told Billboard that there still could be a Britney/Enrique tour, if the artists’  respective teams renegotiate the deal.

But that doesn’t look it’s going to happen. Currently, Iglesias is on a sold-out tour in Europe. A source close to Iglesias told Us Magazine that “at the end of the day, it was better for him to just continue his own tour.” The source also stated, despite the media’s forecast of Iglesias’ ego being the primary problem, that “it had nothing to do with Enrique’s ego or having a problem with opening. It was always a co-headlining tour. . . in fact, Enrique prefers to perform first, as he doesn’t like to perform late in the night.”


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