Selena Gomez’s Evolution Mirrors Britney Spears’

'Come & Get It' singer tells 'MTV First' that Spears is an inspiration for Stars Dance World Tour and 2013 MTV Movie Awards performance.

From the sultry lyrics on “Come & Get It ,” to the sensual look for her new video to her red-hot performance on the 2013 MTV Movie Awards , Selena Gomez has seemingly made the transition from squeaky clean teen to grown-up diva.

She’s not the first Disney star to grow up and mature in front of the spotlight: To help her navigate through this new chapter in her career, she’s getting a little inspiration from none other than Britney Spears.

Gomez has made it no secret that she’s a huge fan of Britney, crediting her as an inspiration behind her upcoming Stars Dance World Tour and last month’s Movie Awards performance , claiming that “I’m a Slave 4 U” was her favorite performance of any awards show.

Fortunately for the singer, the feeling seems to be mutual. Following Selena’s performance, Spears tweeted, “Wow @SelenaGomez … ‘Come & Get It’ on the #mtvmovieawards was incredible! One of my favorite songs out there right now!” she wrote. “And thank you for all of the kind words about the VMA Slave performance … you’re too sweet! Means a lot to me.”

During “MTV First,” Gomez opened up about what it was like to realize that one of her idols was also a fan of her work.

“It was actually the second time that she tweeted me … I died the first time,” Gomez said. “I didn’t believe it at first, but it was really sweet, because even with the inspirations through the outfits and the performances, she’s a huge inspiration when it comes to performing.”

The singers’ ties don’t stop there: Gomez, who said she would be “terrified” to talk to Spears, is now gaining comparisons to the pop star. At nearly 20 years old, Spears released her jaw-dropping video for “I’m a Slave 4 U,” shedding her good-girl image for a more sexy look, which, also at the age of 20, is exactly what Gomez is doing with “Come & Get It.”

“I think she’s one of the best that made that transition,” Gomez said. “That video ["Slave 4 U"] is so hot, it’s incredible, so I love that, and I definitely wanted to do that with my transition, but I don’t think there’s a path you have to follow. I think you just have to figure it out and hope for the best, so if it has a similarity, that’s only a compliment.”

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Christina Garibaldi has been an on-camera reporter for MTV News since 2011. When not interviewing or writing about her favorite stars, she keeps herself busy with baby animal videos and boy bands.
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