As a judge on American Idol, Britney Spears wowed us with her many impressions of Jessie J , but now she’s back, back, back to being a popstar with her new video for Ooh La La from Smurfs 2. A film we’re looking forward to mainly because of the appearance of ‘the Avril Lavigne Smurf’:
To celebrate Britney's video comeback, we’ve counted down her best promos.
David LaChapelle was the director behind Britney’s creepiest video. She plays a character called “Britney Spears” who is being hounded by the press. She's not getting on with her boyfriend “Stephen” (played by Stephen Dorff). They argue the whole time. Cue lots of emphatic arm gestures and kicking over of tables. But- eek!- when Britney heads to the bathroom for a nice relaxing Radox bath time she starts bleeding and then…well, it all gets a bit confusing. She either a) gets reincarnated as Justin Bieber, or b) wakes up from her Herbal Muscle Soak just in time for a Cheese Grits snack. Either way, it’s a great vid.
I’m A Slave 4 U
Britney looks like an escapee from Big Brother 6 in this clip, thanks to some early noughties styling (lots of fake bake and hair extensions). She gets all hot and sweaty in some futuristic landscape, pulling off some killer (not to mention risque) dance moves channelling Michael and Janet Jackson (for whom The Neptunes originally wrote the song for).
‘WHATEVER!’ says Britney at the beginning of this Joseph Kahn-directed clip. So she follows up Oops! I Did It Again’s speaky part (Remember: “But I thought the old lady dropped it in the ocean?” OF COURSE YOU DO!). In this clip she gets annoyed with her Anime cartoon-looking ex and takes it out on an innocent chair. Poor chair.
Presumably as an unofficial audition for Charlie’s Angels, Britney does several vampy turns as a murderous air hostess, a koo koo biker chick and finally as an Evanescence tribute act. Lovely.
…Baby, One More Time
The daddy of Britney clips. Originally conceived as a Mighty Morphin Power Rangers tribute, Britney’s debut video ended up being a precursor to High School Musical, with this all-singing, all-grinding dance-a-thon. It was controversial for its tweeny, Lolita style imagery. Well until faux lesbian Russian duo Tatu turned up, that is…