Britney Spears crashes Garden City holiday party

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Pop star Britney Spears surprised hundreds of employees and their spouses Friday by appearing on stage at the Revolution Concert House and Event Center in Garden City. It was the company’s Winter Celebration.

At the end of an awards presentation, a video clip of company CEO Ryan DeLuca played of him saying he hoped someday to be successful enough to meet Spears. Then — boom! — Spears appeared in the flesh and started singing, flanked by two dancers.

Uh, wait a minute: Didn’t Spears seem sort of tall up there? Hey, does anyone remember her having an Adam’s apple?

The true surprise: It wasn’t Spears on stage at all. It was that dude Derrick Barry — the Britney Spears impersonator from NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” and ABC’s “The Next Best Thing.” But that didn’t stop the holiday-party crowd from being duped: “EVERYBODY had their phone up,” RevCenter marketing director Kristine Simoni says.

(Wow, You really flexed that marketing muscle bringing Britney into town.)

Hey, you ask, wasn’t the real Spears sighted in Idaho in 2007? No, that was another lame stunt — by a radio station. Nobody actually saw Britney Spears at a Jack in the Box in Nampa. We promise. But we’re pretty sure we saw Santa Claus there.

Photos courtesy Revolution Center


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Michael Deeds is the Idaho Statesman’s entertainment columnist and Scene magazine editor. His column runs Fridays and Sundays. He appears on the 6 p.m. broadcast of "Today's 6 News" on Thursdays and hosts a music show, "The Other Studio," from 9-10 p.m. Sundays on 94.9 FM The River.

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