Last night Britney Spears hit me baby one more time as I ventured downtown to the Staples Center for my second audience with the pop princess at the Staples Center for her Femme Fatale concert.
Britney Spears struts her stuff on stage
Supporting Britney, was current flavour-of-the-month, Nicki Minaj, who put on a good show, but really isn't my musical cup of tea.
Nicki Minaj supports Britney at the Staples Center
I was pleasantly surprised to see that Britney had more energy than her Circus tour and seemed to contribute to the singing more than simply lip-synching her way through the entire show.
Britney opens her Femme Fatale show
Britney's best assets have to be her newly slimmed-down body and that blonde hair that she loves to toss around so much (or 'hairography' as they like to refer to it on Glee).
The Staples Center is a weird venue and it doesn't have the best acoustics, especially when you compare it to the Hollywood Bowl which was designed with concerts in mind.
This is how Britney rolls
Even though I like her music, I'm not a rabid fan, so I don't have the same emotional connection to the songs as I would for a Kylie Minogue or Madonna concert.
One lucky audience member gets a Britney lap dance
Britney does her best Marilyn Monroe impression
Add that to the fact that she doesn't really belt out her songs and it's hard to feel the energy of her performance when she never hits a high note or interprets a song in a different way.
Britney seems to love being suspended over the stage
Saying that she does put on a show and there were some real crowd pleasing moments, although two of those were her singing someone else's songs, Rihanna's 'S&M' (which they performed together at the recent Billboard Music Awards) and a cover of Madonna's classic 'Burning Up'.
Biker chick Britney
She seems to be a fan of being suspended above the audience, along with smoke machines, lasers and even long breaks between sets (surely her costume changes don't take that long).
Britney's giant rodeo guitar
One of the stand-out parts of the show was the giant guitar she straddled rodeo-style, which was a real attention grabber.
Britney performs Toxic (with some 'hairography')
Luckily she finished the show on a high with 'Toxic' (one of my favourites) and 'Till The World Ends'.
Femme Fatale finale
Britney Spears and Nicki Minaj on stage Till The World Ends
Another thing that Britney did right was her fabulous angel finale, where she created a spectacle by descending from the heavens, elevating herself above the other performers on stage and proving her star quality.
She could really do with improving her stage presence and removing herself from her pack of dancers as she gets lost amongst them at times, I mean who's the real star here?
She should take a leaf out of Madonna's book in order to be more iconic, or even Kylie who elevated her status to that of a goddess on her Aphrodite Tour.
Third time's a charm Britney...