BRITNEY hitting Australia just one more time? After what has happened for her in just one week?
Don’t count on it, folks.
Fans have waited over 10 years for Britney Spears to announce her first Australian tour and before her Circus extravaganza has even hit Sydney, the pop princess is doing exactly what she does best. And no, it’s not performing.
I’m not having a "Leave Britney Alone" moment or excusing the fact that she mimes a two-hour show, but the international furore that has erupted over Spears’ lip-synching is far from a case of "oops she did it again" and rather "ya’ll, she’s done it her entire career!"
On an MTV awards stage two years ago, after releasing an album appropriately titled Blackout at the height of her public meltdown, the performer could barely stand up straight, let alone hold a note.
Her finances still remain under the conservatorship of her father and the custody of her two adorable boys still remains with ex-husband, Kevin Federline.
Just Youtube "Britney and paparazzi" and watch the videos of a girl crying on her doorstep surrounded by a flash frenzy, saying she just wants to "sit with my dog".
Then log on to her official website and read the thousands - literally - of fan comments angry over her treatment by the Australian media.
That is, our treatment of a show Spears has taken all over the US, Canada, the UK, France, Germany, Belgium, Finland, Sweden and Russia and which remains unchanged, apart from the loss of a few Swarovski sequins along the way.
But only after one show in Perth, why has it become so controversial?
Considering her once-fairytale life is now replete with drama of Shakespearean proportions, we are just lucky she is here, let alone that she is going onstage on 14 different nights.
In what is possibly the only time the two people could ever be compared, Spears will no doubt follow the Frank Sinatra approach to Australia.
At the end of his tour in 1974, Sinatra infamously clashed with some Aussie journos at the airport, where the singer called the male reporters "bums and parasites" and the female reporters "buck-and-a-half-hookers".
He was enraged by the way he had been portrayed in the press and did not return to our shores until 1991.
If the same applied for Brits, she will next tour at the age of 44.
By that time she will doubt have sinewy arms and the South American toyboy a la Madonna who, by the way, is pop royalty and has lip-synched throughout her career.
As also has Cher.
Oh, and what the hell - Leave Britney Alone!!!! There, I said it.