Britney Spears performs live…well, she doesn’t sing live, does she

She’s been out of the pop limelight playing the doting mother and living the homebody lifestyle for the past year.

But you can’t keep a good pop star down for long, as Britney Spears recently proved.

The singer took to the stage in Las Vegas last week for her first live performance since the end of her The Circus Starring Britney Spears tour in November 2009. And if she had any apprehension about being somewhat rusty upon returning to the stage, she certainly didn’t show it as she sent her fans into a frenzy.

Britney, 29, was back to her pop star finest as she strutted onto the stage in a sexy black leather bodysuit, which showed off her curvaceous figure.

She was literally bursting out of the outfit as she treated her screaming audience to a selection of songs from her upcoming new album Femme Fatale.

The mini concert started with a montage of her best video moments, which hyped up the crowd, before she came on stage and launched into her new single, Hold It Against Me, flanked by army fatigue-clad dancers. She then gave her fan a debut performance of the will.i.am produced track Big Fat Bass, which was remixed to included some of her older hits including Slave 4 U and Gimme More.

Britney, who was thoroughly enjoying being under the spotlight again, smiled and sashayed for her fans, as she sang her second single from the album, Till The World Ends.

Toward the end of the show, Britney was snapped gyrating and writing around on large speakers that dotted the stage.

At one point she stood on top of a podium and then made a quick costume change into a silver sparkling bodysuit as neon letters spelling out the name of her new album, flashed above her head.

There was some suggestion that Miss Spears lip-synced along to three of her songs, but the 700-strong crowd didn’t appear to notice or care.

 The show was being taped for MTV for a special for the music channel which will be aired next week. It also turned out to be a surprise for her fans who had been expecting her to make her live comeback in San Francisco tomorrow night.

The Las Vegas gig was supposed to be a secret, but after rumours began to circulate, Britney took to her Twitter page on Friday to announce, ‘Looks like my little secret isn’t a secret anymore…You’re all invited. Be there or be square bitch!’

It’s nice to see that she’s lost none of her lip-syncing charm

by Wallace McTavish

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