After drawing record ratings the first time around, “Glee” has announced plans to pay homage to Britney Spears … one more time. The news comes hot on the heels of the announcement that Spears will join the “X Factor” as judge, when the competition show returns to Fox this fall on Thursday nights. (Glee also moves to Thursdays for season four.)
While Brit appeared in the September 2010 tribute episode, which used her impressive collection of hits, the 2012 tribute episode will instead focus on her “Glee” namesake, Brittany S. Pierce (played by Heather Morris), without any appearances from Spears. EW.com reports that the new episode will be the second in the show’s fourth season, returning in the fall.
The Spears-centric episode will feature eight of her songs, and a source revealed that Fox is excited to have Spears joining the network on “X Factor” and that the “Glee” ep is partly a reflection of that.
Spears was on hand Monday at the Fox Upfront presentation in New York City, where she appeared alongside fellow “X Factor” newbie Demi Lovato , as well as returning judges L.A. Reid and Simon Cowell. At the event, the judges and host of “So You Think You Can Dance” weighed in on the ladies joining the show .
“I don’t have any advice for those ladies,” “SYTYCD” host Cat Deeley told MTV News. “What I do like about it though is they will be able to absolutely impart some serious wisdom. I love the idea that they’ve been in the business for so long and since being kids, and so quite often they’ve had successes and they’ve had failures on things.
“And I think the most important thing is the mistakes we make,” she added. “You learn so much from mistakes that you make and I think they’ll be able to impart their wisdom to the new kids coming through. I think it’s a great booking.”
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