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Britney Spears is gambling on a new career move. The pop singer is reportedly finalizing a deal to headline her own show in Vegas. According to the Las Vegas Sun, Planet Hollywood is giving its theater a $20 million makeover to accommodate Spears, who will kick off her residency in the weeks leading up to New Year's.
Headlining in Vegas is a time-honored way for artists to make big bucks without the pressure of touring. Spears has a younger audience than the typical Las Vegas headliner, but she's certainly not slumming it: Celine Dion has been performing at The Colosseum since 2011, and Shania Twain is halfway through a two-year residency at Caesars Palace.
Besides, Britney's show will reportedly be a whole new animal. Sources describe it to TMZ as a "cool, hip, club-like show" that will change frequently -- in other words, "not your father's Shania Twain concert."
What's more, staying in Vegas could give Spears some much-needed stability while still allowing her to strut her stuff. RadarOnline says that the singer has received the approval of the judge who is handling her conservatorship.
"The judge was impressed with how happy and excited Britney was. Britney assured Goetz she could handle the stress and felt comfortable with the performance schedule," says Radar's source. "Britney won’t be moving to Las Vegas permanently; she’ll perform for several weeks in a row and then have time off. Rehearsals are already underway for the gigs and Britney is heavily involved in the choreography."
It still makes us a little sad that Britney, a 31-year-old mother of two, requires a judge and a conversatorship (controlled by her father and an attorney) to keep her on the right path. But hey, it's obviously working, and it's terrific that she's strong enough to acknowledge when she needs help. The new show could be another step towards independence: a chance to really take control of her career and her image. We're with Britney on this one. Viva Las Vegas!