Britney Spears tells critics read my lips: it's for fans

Thu Nov 12, 2009 1:17am EST
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MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Britney Spears has a message for the critics who savaged her performance during her first tour of Australia -- it's all for the fans.

Spears' manager and tour promoter rushed to defend the U.S. pop singer after it was reported that people walked out of her first Australian performance last weekend, describing it as boring, stiff, mimed and lacking interaction with the audience.

Now Spears, 27, whose is rebuilding her career after a high profile meltdown and roller-coaster personal life, has responded to the furor.

"I hear there is a lot of controversy in the media about my show," said Spears in a widely reported statement.

"Some reporters have said they love it and some don't. I came to Australia for my fans."

The promoter of Spears' Australian tour, Paul Dainty, earlier this week said the criticism about Spears lip-synching and a lackluster performance had left her "extremely upset" and it was a total fabrication to suggest that fans stormed out.

He added that it was well known that part of Spears' circus-themed concert was lip-synched as the singer danced her way through the spectacular show that promotes her sixth studio album "Circus."

Spears has been at the center of a debate over lip-synching since she arrived in Australia last week.

The Fair Trade Minister for the state of New South Wales, Virginia Judge, called for concert tickets to carry disclaimers about whether parts of concerts were pre-recorded and mimed.   Continued...

<p>Singer Britney Spears receives a birthday cake after performing on ABC's "Good Morning America" in New York on December 2, 2008. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson</p>