NOTE: This is not an article in favour of Christina Aguilera. I own all of Britney Spears’ 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.