Maybe Britney Spears and Sarah Silverman Can Form a Support Group

X Factor viewers were outraged that Britney Spears mimed through her performance of “Womanizer” on Saturday’s show. Even Gavin & Stacey star James Corden has pulled himself away from his bucket of KFC to rag on Britney’s act:

They [the contestants] are all better than Britney Spears. I’m not lying. The song sounded great but I’ve already got the CD. I didn’t need to see her come out and mime it. Here are a group of people coming out – not trained, not sold five million albums, singing live and being judged really harshly. Then comes Britney Spears, mimes, does a sort of half-***** performance of thing and then leaves. I was watching it going ‘Ppphhrt!’ I was a bit over it.

OK, No. 1, James Corden owns a Britney Spears CD? (He didn’t even download it from iTunes, he owns the CD!) And, No. 2, you can’t suddenly get mad at Britney for lip-syncing. When has she ever sung live? When has she ever sung, period? She just sorta buzzes from the back of her throat. It’s part of her brand.

Apparently, according to The Sun, the hits kept on coming for Spears as she did her promotional tour in the UK: “Miss Spears, who will turn 27 on Tuesday, was also jeered for a lackluster appearance at a gay night in London where she neither sang nor spoke.”

In other news:

  • The UK is sending a bit of a mixed message: “Britney Spears” has been the most searched phrase among Britons so far this year.(NME)
  • Who watched the Britney documentary last night? What has Madonna done to her face? More specifically, what has happened to her cheeks? It’s one thing to punish herself, but must she punish everyone with the bad fortune to lay eyes on her? (Guardian)
  • The Daily Mail‘s Liz Jones has her own take on Madonna: “It is my theory about the fact you can always pinpoint exactly how a woman is emotionally – precisely where her life choices have landed her – by her wardrobe. And, judging by the pictures of Madonna’s recent outfits, I would surmise she is in a very dark place indeed.”
  • I blame Paula: Simon Cowell‘s Bentley has been bugged.(Daily Mail)
  • I blame Gareth: The set of the UK Office has exploded.(Daily Mail)
  • Gordon Ramsay denies allegations of a poppers-fueled extramarital affair with author (and “professional mistress”) Sarah Symonds. “Come on. If I was really going to cheat, it wouldn’t be with a complete slapper.” Can I just say I love the word slapper? That word needs to cross the Atlantic. It’s so evocative.(Daily Record)
  • Maybe Ramsay’s “slapper” was actually having sex with his lookalike?(Daily Mail)
  • Could Blake Fielder-Civil be less of a wanker than we thought? He may be divorcing Amy Winehouse for all the right reasons: “I have to let her go to save her life. I am not abandoning her. I am doing this out of love.”(Mirror)
  • Just days after the Mumbai attacks, Slumdog Millionaire won Best Picture at this weekend’s British Independent Film Awards. Director Danny Boyle paid tribute to the city in which his film is set: “It’s a city with a big heart that’s been wounded this week, but it will recover.”(BBC)
  • Brits could dominate the Record of the Year category at this year’s Grammys, with Duffy‘s “Mercy,” Coldplay‘s “Viva La Vida,” and Leona Lewis‘s “Bleeding Love” touted as frontrunners.(LA Times)
  • Yes, Graham Norton has been confirmed to appear in a West End staging of La Cage aux Folles. It has also been confirmed beyond discussion that Graham makes one fugly woman.(The Stage)
  • A video preview of the BBC’s Christmas programming.(The Stage)
  • The Beckham boys storm the City of Angels.(The Sun)
  • Maybe she’s looking for a baby-daddy for Bluebell: Geri Haliwell advertises her rear end at a children’s awards show.(The Sun)
  • Why does Brenda Blethyn get all the roles that should go to Gavin & Stacey‘s Alison Steadman? Steadman had originated the role of Mari Hoff in Little Voice on stage, but Blethyn got the part in the film: “You should never covet any roles,” she says in The Times. “They chose Brenda because she had a higher profile in the cinema. End of story. Forget about it. Bitterness eats you up.” Her ex husband, director Mike Leigh, blames theater directors and film producers. “These people are neglectful. They’ve got the idea that she is limited to overblown, blousy women, which is nonsense. It’s terrible what’s happened.”
  • Rome: The Movie could be in the works.(Hollywood Reporter)
  • Take That have racked up their 11th No. 1 in the UK with their new ballad, “Greatest Day.” On the scale of Take That ballads, this is pretty middling schmaltz. Couldn’t they have written this one off by loaning it to John Barrowman? Dude could use the tunes.

    1. Take That – Greatest Day
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    2. Beyoncé – If I Were A Boy
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    3. T.I. ft. Rihanna – Live Your Life
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    T.I. - Paper Trail (Deluxe Version) - Live Your Life (feat. Rihanna) Download T.I. ft. Rihanna’s “Live YourLife”

    4. The Killers – Human
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    The Killers - Human - Single - Human Download The Killers’ “Human”

    5. Katy Perry – Hot ‘N’ Cold
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    Katy Perry - One of the Boys - Hot N Cold Download Katy Perry’s “Hot ‘N’ Cold”

    6. Alesha Dixon – The Boy Does Nothing
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    7. Britney Spears – Womanizer
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    8. X Factor Finalists – Hero
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    9. Akon – Right Now (Na Na Na)
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    “Right Now (Na Na Na)”

    10. Girls Aloud – The Promise
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Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks founded BBCAmerica.com's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself - he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri - he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.

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