Britney’s nineteenth show started off around 8 p.m. at the Rexall Place in Edmonton.
Fans in Edmonton had the chance to show off their dance moves in order to win a pair of Toxic VIP tickets for “The Circus Starring: Britney Spears” at Rexall Place. More details…
Britney Spears fans competing in a dance-off for tickets to tonight’s concert were thrilled to meet the pop diva’s backup dancers at West Edmonton Mall yesterday.
“I’m ecstatic. I have a headache from smiling,” said Braiden Stevenson, 22, after unexpectedly meeting the Spears entourage, including her stylists and dancers.
The Britney Dance-Off, held near Chapters on the mall’s first level, saw a dozen hopefuls compete to win a pair of VIP gallery tickets to the sold-out show tonight at Rexall Place.
Contestants learned a routine complete with the “Britney stare” and her signature sexy hair toss. The top five were then selected to do the best air-band performance to their favourite Spears song.
“We walked in the mall and we heard Britney. I ran and said, ‘Oh my god. They’re dancing!’ ” said Tiana Brown, one of Britney’s backup dancers.
DANCE CREW JUDGES
Britney’s dance crew watched and judged while clapping and singing to the music.
Not many people can say they have met Spears, let alone tour the world dancing with her.
“It’s awesome. She’s great to work with,” said another backup dancer, 23-year-old Willie Gomez, of Los Angeles.
Some thought Britney herself might even show up, but a mall staffer said West Edmonton Mall offered the singer big bucks for a 30-minute appearance, but she declined.
After the dance-off, Stevenson, the only male in the competition, won the coveted pair of tickets.
“Britney’s my number one,” said Stevenson, of Lanigan, Sask., after shaking his booty to the Britney song Lucky.
The diehard fan dropped $320 for a ninth-row seat to Spears’s Miami show last month, but couldn’t go after he contracted mononucleosis.
Meanwhile, a handful of tickets were still on the market last night for tardy or impulsive fans – some as low as $50.
Big spenders could head over to Kijiji – a free classifieds website – and drop up to $1,200 on last-minute concert passes. Those tickets would get fans a front-row seat on the edge of Spears’s circular stage.
Most tickets on that site ran more than $200 – with a couple of exceptions, including a $50 ticket.
StubHub.com offered deals on more recession-friendly tickets, including one for $80 and one for $90. A few were in the $100 range.
A pair of floor VIP tickets were for sale at $232 per ticket.
Ticketmaster’s website showed no unpurchased tickets left last night.