A Glee Britney Spears tribute was considered inevitable. But tonight’s Glee Britney Spears episode will have something that other Glee tributes have lacked – an appearance from their honoree. When the show did entire episodes about Madonna and Lady Gaga, the artists gave their approval, but did not appear themselves. But in this case, the club will pay homage to Britney, while having her appear alongside the show’s own blond Brittany. Therefore, the Glee Britney Spears episode is being hyped as the pop star’s latest TV career boost.
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Despite the show’s return last week, the real kickoff to Season 2 is expected to come tonight. After honoring Madonna and Lady Gaga, the New Directions next pay homage to Spears’ biggest hits, although both Will and Sue are not on board.
The actual Glee Britney Spears cameo will put one of the show’s beloved supporting characters in the spotlight with her. Brittany, one of the Cheerios/Glee performers – who has the most quotable one-liners outside of Sue Sylvester – is expected to do her homage with Spears herself. With their similar names – and with many people questioning both their smarts over the years – the pairing was inevitable.
Since the Glee Britney Spears episode is actually called “Britney/Brittany” it offers another clue. But Spears is unlikely to walk the halls of William McKinley High herself, since her appearance is said to be all in Brittany’s head. Nevertheless, it is a rare case of a singer actually taking part in her own Glee tribute.
In addition to her own cameo, her hits “Hit Me Baby” “Toxic” “Oops…I Did It Again” and “Me Against The Music” will be recreated. Rachel, in particular, appears to take Spears’ style head on, after alienating the club more than usual last week.
Not only does the Glee Britney Spears episode have to live up to past tribute shows, it is also counted on to give Spears herself an extra boost. She is still in the process of getting her mega stardom back, after all her past scandals. She is no stranger to using television for that goal, having guest starred on How I Met Your Mother and Will and Grace in the past. But this time, she will be appearing as herself, and will be singing as well.
Although all the attention tonight is on Spears, she isn’t the only source of star power in the episode. John Stamos is also coming by, to begin a longer guest arc as Emma’s dentist boyfriend. In fact, his own anesthesia tools are used to fuel some of the “hallucinogenic” Spears homages.
The Glee Britney Spears episode seeks to continue the perfect record of tribute shows – with some extra help – tonight at 8 pm est on FOX.
MTV.com- “Britney Spears Glee Episode: Everything You Need To Know!”
New York Magazine- “Glee’s Heather Morris on Taking the Spotlight in Tonight’s Britney Spears Episode”