Britney Spears fans are a force to be reckoned with. Earlier this year, they campaigned for an episode of “Glee” to be dedicated solely to their favorite pop princess. And after much anticipation, on Tuesday night the students of McKinley High shimmied, crooned and danced their way in tribute to the entertainer. The singer took to Twitter to thank her fans for their efforts and shared her thoughts on the program, titled “Britney/Brittany,” and its covers of her songs.
“I loved it! Thank you guys SO much for making this happen!” Britney tweeted. In particular, the star seemed to enjoy the renditions of her classic tunes, saying, “I love this version of Stronger. Artie did a great job,” and “The GLEE version of Toxic is amazing!”
While some of the McKinley High students — including Cheerio cheerleader Brittany S. Pearce (played by Heather Morris) — went into anesthesia–induced dream sequences to channel their inner Britney, Spears herself emerged throughout the episode’s hallucinogenic fantasies. Appearing as Madonna’s character at the end of “Me Against the Music,” a high-school teacher in “… Baby One More Time” and a fellow cheerleader, the singer remained a source of inspiration for the Gleekers.
Spears gave kudos to co-star Morris, saying, “Awww Heather Morris is sooo cute! Brittany S Pearce. Ha! She was so fun to work with and was really sweet in person.”
The singer not only applauded Morris’ friendliness, but also her rendition of “I’m a Slave 4 U.” She wrote of the sultry production, “Slave: Oh … My … God …! Those little boys are SO cute! I know how hard it is to dance with that snake! Nice job.” The pop star also was surprised at how well the show re-created the music video set of her 2003 Madonna duet, “Me Against the Music,” pointing out that it “looks just like the original,” and adding, “Santana does a great Madonna impression.”
As the students walked Spears through memory lane, Lea Michele’s cover of “… Baby One More Time” also had the singer reminiscing. “Watching Baby brings back so many memories! Feels like yesterday,” she explained.
John Stamos also made a guest appearance in the episode, as the dentist who sends the Gleeks into Britney world. Spears made it clear that the 47-year-old actor looks as good as he did during his heyday. “John Stamos is still hot! He looks the same as he did on Full House,” she tweeted.
As with many “Glee” fans, Britney found a pleasantly odd interest in Jane Lynch, who plays the aggressive cheerleading coach Sue Sylvester, describing the actress as “hilarious and scary all rolled into one.”
Spears wasn’t the only one who enjoyed filming the tribute episode — the “Glee” castmembers recently dished on working with the star. Morris told Australian magazine TV Week that the singer was her childhood inspiration. “She was my idol from, like, age 12 to 16,” she said. “I sang to her [songs] in my living room and danced to her — I learned all her moves. And I had my talent shows and I lip-synched to her. I just kept flashing back to growing up and being obsessed with her.”
Naya Rivera, who plays Santana , also spoke highly of the pop icon. “I love Britney Spears. I mean, who doesn’t? We all grew up with her,” she proclaimed in a promo video for the show. “The first music purchase I ever made was ‘… Baby One More Time’ on cassette. [It was like], ‘Britney Spears is going to be in my mitts, what do I do?’ [And I was like], ‘Hi Britney!’ And then she was like, ‘Hey!’ She was awesome and beautiful. She was, like, magical.”
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