'Glee' Gives Props to Britney

A time long ago, before Lady Gaga met her first paparazzo, and Justin Bieber was still in preschool, Britney Spears was the center of the pop music universe. "She was my idol from, like, age 12 to 16," Glee star Heather Morris (who plays flaky cheerleader Brittany) told the Australian magazine, TV Week. Morris is now 23, which means that Spears hasn't been her idol for seven years now.

It's a common -- but still startling -- fact about pop stardom: It's really short-lived. Spears is no longer the center of the universe; these days, Morris is probably listening to Katy Perry. But Spears is still in orbit; her seventh studio album is due out next year. And the Glee episode that pays homage to her music is getting lots of attention.

The Britney episode revolves around Brittany, natch. "Through a special substance, I go under and have a couple of dream sequences --not only myself, but with Santana [Naya Rivera]," Morris told TV Week. "A lot of it has to do with Will [Matthew Morrison] not allowing us to perform Britney Spears songs, because he doesn't agree with what kind of entertainer she is, so it's our fight to do Britney. But it's not just us doing Britney in show choir; there are other sequences -- it's our homage to her."

That homage will include a cameo from Spears herself, plus Glee's version of some of Spears' most popular videos and live performances. (Yes, the snake-wielding performance from the VMAs is in there.) Click on these links for a refresher course on the original versions of "Me Against the Music," "I'm a Slave 4 U," "Oops I Did It Again" and "Hit Me Baby One More Time." That way, you'll be a better judge of how well the Glee kids reimagined them.

And for a funny clip from eonline.com, with interviews from the cast discussing Britney, click here.

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