Look for fans to give major props to pop princess Britney Spears this fall. In quite a coup, she's snagged a duet with childhood idol Cher for her next televised concert extravaganza, Britney Spears: Live from the MGM Grand Las Vegas (airing Nov. 16 on HBO). And despite her practiced veneer of frosty supermodel coolness, she's clearly excited.
"When I was younger I sang all of her songs so it's really bizarre for me to be on the same stage with her," Spears told reporters at the Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena, Calif. "Since the HBO special came up, it just made sense for me to do a duet with someone and she was definitely on the top of my list."
Clad in Bob Mackie glamwear, the divas who first met backstage at the World Music Awards nearly two years ago are expected to perform at least one of Spears's fave Cher tunes. "On my first album, I did a remake of 'The Beat Goes On,'" the 19-year-old grinned. "She heard about that."
Spears added that while her Britney in Hawaii special on Fox was more relaxed, "I really want this to be, like, shocking and in people's faces and edgy." And that's because she'll be sending a message (however vague) with songs from her next album whose title she won't reveal yet hitting stores Nov. 6.
"It's just basically, you know, there's a lot of scrutiny with everything I do," she struggled, searching for words. "And it's basically saying that I'm not a little girl anymore and this is me. And just, you know, I have to do what I have to do for me, and that's basically the overall scheme of it, yeah." Alrighty then!