They may not have addressed the elephant in the room when they appeared together in a 2008 VMA promo, but this year, Britney Spears and repeat host Russell Brand are taking their relationship to the next level — they are the voices in each other's heads.

In a new promo for the Video Music Awards, which air live from New York City on September 13, Spears longs to be Brand's date for the big night. Spears, clad in a white bikini and large black hat, thinks to herself, "I wonder if he'll invite me. I mean, I can obviously get an invite, but it would be nice for Russell to invite me personally, now that we're friends and all."

Brand then wonders to himself if he could have offended Spears somewhere along the way, so much so that perhaps she wouldn't want to see him at this year's show. "I hope I didn't balls it up with her last time," he thinks to himself. "Some of those things I said could have been construed as offensive. I hope she don't think ill of me."

Then Spears thinks to herself that perhaps she may have done something to make Brand think she isn't interested. "Should I have played it up more when he was flirting with me last year? I have to admit, there is something sexy about his dangerous ways."

The spot ends with Brand realizing that he can hear everything Spears is thinking and that maybe it works both ways. Of course, that leads Brand to think of only inappropriate ideas for the pop star. "Britney," he thinks, hoping she can hear him. "This is the voice of your mind. Go to Russell's hotel room and abandon yourself. Give yourself to him, Britney. Sleep with Russell!"

The 2009 MTV Video Music Awards will take place September 13 at 9 p.m. ET. Nominees, celebrity presenters and additional performers will be announced in the coming weeks. To be the first to find out the inside scoop, follow the Inside MTV Twitter account at Twitter.com/InsideMTV.