Britney: An Amazing Girl, But Not An Amazing Performer

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NOTE: This is not an article in favour of Christina Aguilera. I own all of ’ albums, and none of Christina’s. Please don’t turn this into a Britney Vs. Christina thing – I’ve tried hard to not be biased and to give Christina credit where credit is due.

Many of Britney Spears’ fans describe Britney as an ‘amazing performer’. I’ve continuously read things like ‘Yeah, Mariah and Christina can sing better, but Britney is a better performer’. I am constantly amazed by this description. Correct me if I’m wrong, I’m assuming they are referring to her stage shows. If so, singing is the biggest aspect of a live show. Sure, there’s sets, the band, the choreography, and all the hooplah, but the most important part of the show is the singer.

It is common knowledge that Britney Spears lip-syncs more than 50% of her live shows. Nobody – not Britney, nor her fans – try to deny this. The fact is – while Britney continues to lip-sync her live performances, she is not an amazing performer. Pure and simple. Lip-syncing is insulting to her fans. All it does is prove her own lack of confidence and her lack of respect to the people paying to see her shows. Maybe the ticket holders don’t mind, but Britney could still show them her respect or gratitude by singing live. Like a singer is supposed to do.

Although I feel that Britney’s miming problem is the main reason that stops her from being an amazing performer, other factors also contribute. I have seen Britney live once before, and seen several video performances. What was the main disappointment for me, after her lip-syncing, was that the concert was in no way emotional or intimate. She didn’t interact with the fans on a level where they could feel they were part of the experience. The whole set lacked spontaneity – Britney Spears’ shows operate like a machine, they are so heavily scripted and carefully crafted down to the smallest detail. Every show or snippet I have seen, is exactly the same.

She is not the first performer to put on an extravagant show – anybody with the money can, and I wouldn’t particularly give Britney the credit. Her sets and choreography are not original or creative.

I’ll still buy Britney’s albums, but after my disappointing concert experience, I won’t be buying anymore tickets to her future shows. As an entertainer or an artist, Britney Spears lost a lot of respect that I once held for her. I still think she is a sweetheart, but she needs to take the reigns of her career and stop being pushed around. She needs to develop her voice and stop ripping off her fans. She can’t just sing live at a select group of public appearances in an attempt to gain credibility, or sing only the first verse live. In this respect, I hold artists like Mariah Carey, Christina Aguilera, Madonna etc. far higher above Britney Spears. Although I prefer Britney’s music, she needs to go a long way to compete with these ladies for live shows.


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10 thoughts on “Britney: An Amazing Girl, But Not An Amazing Performer

  1. EveryoneSucks says:

    so Brit can’t sing, perform, or act. I’m beginning to see a pattern here. hopefully all her “fans” will come to their senses and realize that she IS fake, which is what we’ve been pointing out all along.

  2. rangergirl says:

    Brit’s management and PR knew she would be successful before her first CD ever came out. They had planned to use her cute lolita fantasy girl image to market anything they could get away with. Christina is a singer and the other marketing stuff she has done was always secondary to her music. Chris’ will never be a media darling ( & it’s ashame that she got “all caught up” in that VMA drama. I can’t say for sure but if Madonna told Chris that it was mandatory to sing live, & Brit didn’t-that Madonna lied to her. Mad. was on friendly terms w/ Brit so maybe Brit told Mad. she was nervous about performing ,so she then ok’d Brits’ taped voice. Can’t say this for sure. But could be. ) Anyway, I agree with your essay.

  3. cwaaft says:

    I love all these supposed “fans” popping out of the woodwork to diss on Britney. Here’s a clue, you’re not fooling anyone. Performing is much more than standing on stage and singing. I’ve been to both Britney & Christina (what I do for Justin Timberlake!). If you don’t mind watching a dishrag grow mold, Xtina’s the girl for you. She has no rapport with with the audience. She walks the walk and talks the talk but there is no bonding, eyecontact or even much acknowledgement that the audience is there. Her stage show is rehearsed and very dry. You can’t even understand the lyrics of her screamings and endless riffing. Britney grabs your attention the minute she steps on stage. I LOVE HER VOICE. I LOVE HER SONGS. I apologize to no one for that and neither should she. JaiJai, you are not a fan and your comments prove that. Its so sad what Skanktina’s mindless minions will do to try and discredit the fact that Britney is more popular. It makes them and her so laughably pathetic.

  4. Xandrew88 says:

    *I* don’t have a problem with Britney’s lip synching. If you don’t like her don’t watch her. You just can’t make anyone happy…

  5. JaiJai says:

    Firstly, performing IS much more than standing on stage and singing. However, the ‘singing’ aspect, is the most important aspect of performing. Secondly, I’m not trying to fool anyone, and I am not a Christina Aguilera fan. Yeah, the girl can sing, but her music’s boring and she has zero class. Cwaaft, I am a fan and my comments do not justify you claiming I am not. Here’s a newsflash for ya: a real fan is not a brainwashed bimbo like yourself. I love Britney’s music, and I love Britney herself, but unlike many of her childish obsessees, I can admit when she does something wrong. I can see her flaws. That’s something you should work on. Grow up.

  6. fingJTallnightlong says:

    OF COURSE BRITNEY IS NOT A TALENTED PERFORMER, SINGER, ACTRESS, OR DANCER. BUT SHE WON’T QUIT, MEANWHILE SHE IS THE LAUGHINGSTOCK OF THE WORLD. HOW EMBARRASSING. BUT HER STUPID FANS STILL BUY HER ALBUMS, PAY TO SEE HER AND MASTURBATE WITH THEIR BODIES SINCE THEY CAN’T EVEN HEAR THE STUPID WHORE SING LIVE. THE REASON SHE DOESN’T SING LIVE IS BECAUSE SHE WILL LOSE THE LITTLE FANS SHE HAS LEFT. EVERYONE ALREADY MOVED ON TO REAL TALENT WITH REAL VOICES AND PEOPLE WHO CHOSE THE RIGHT CAREER, SUCH AS XTINA. I MYSELF AM INCLUDED SINCE I WAS A BRITNEY FAN A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO(DURING BOMT)

  7. JMAX says:

    You say you’re a fan of Britney, then you bash her. You say you’re not a fan of Xtina, but you say you think she is better than Britney. You say this isn’t an article about Xtina, but you mention Xtina’s name half a dozen times. :P

  8. leftofcenter says:

    cwaaft, you haven’t got a clue what your talking about! Christina absolutely interacts with the crowd. I’ve seen her in concert as well. She is very interactive with the crowd. That is pure lies right there. She puts on a damn good show. You can hear the words and she does a damn good job singing live and running around at the same time.

  9. CARPEDIEM says:

    This is pointless because these silly little essay’s are not gonna change anyone’s mind. This is an opinion, stop trying to sell it like it’s fact. Someone else’s experience at a Britney concert will be totally different from yours. Just for the record: I love Britney, I love Britney’s voice, I love Britney’s stage performances (most of the time), I love Britney’s music. I have been to several Britney concerts and loved them. My guy dislikes Britney, that is his opinion.

  10. Hotstar says:

    Oh what’s that,,, could it be another fake “fan” post. Of course the hate will say we real fans don’t want to see the truth but I have my reasons for doubting the authenticity of this. 1. Why if you write a page long essay dissing the person of whom you are supposedly such a fan, it could have been shorter. 2. The “fan” who wrote had nothing good to say about Britney. 3. You own all of Britney’s albums and none of Xtina’s but you consider her Christina more of an artist, how the hell can you do that without hearing the albums. I AM SORRY BUT THIS IS BULLSH** and not the fair criticism of a fan, seriously annoying. LETS JUST HOPE FAKE XTINA FANS DON’T START POPPING UP MORE OFTEN!

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