Britney Spears suffered a wardrobe malfunction Saturday night that could have been disastrous if it weren’t for her quick-thinking backup dancers.
The pop star kicked off her two-year "Piece of Me" Las Vegas residency at Planet Hollywood last week to huge fanfare and stellar reviews. The 90-minute, 21-song tribute to Spears' latest and greatest hits wowed the sold-out crowds but she almost lost it Saturday night during the song "Circus" when the zipper on the back of her costume came undone.
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With her ensemble flapping in the wind and nearly her whole back exposed, Spears carried on as best she could while a couple of backup dancers scrambled to fix it.
Critics have been raving about Spears' new tour.
"Spears’ mission in a nutshell: to turn a cavernous 7,000-seat amphitheater into a raging nightclub," wrote Marco della Cava in USA Today
. "Mission accomplished."
When the residency was first announced in the fall, Spears' manager Larry Rudolph took a lot of heat for saying that the star would likely use a backing track for her vocals.
"It's hard for the public to understand what goes on when you get on stage and you're dancing full out during a song," he told Billboard in September
. "No matter what anyone says, there's not a single artist who goes out there and does full choreography and is singing without a vocal track underneath them. … It's physically impossible."
That fact would normally set critics off, but even they didn’t mind.
"Her voice didn't miss a beat," Sophie Schillaci at MTV reported
. "That's not say her vocals weren't live. At times, her sweet voice shone through the backing, or we could hear her catching her breath between numbers."
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