It's a typically sunny Los Angeles morning and dozens of scantily clad dancers have flocked to Studio 10 to audition for Spears' upcoming residency show at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas."It started off at 600 and now we're down to 28," Rudolph tells Billboard, adding that 14 dancers total will be chosen for the two-year show, titled "Britney Spears: Piece of Me." "Britney is coming today and she'll be making the final selection." Britney in Vegas: Exclusive Details on Her Two-Year Residency Indeed, Spears' camp is in full residency mode as the Dec. The singer's approximately 90-minute performances will take place inside a 4,600-capacity planetarium-like theater with traditional seating, a dance floor, private tables and bottle service. She's been doing religious vocal and choreography for months and months.
The Baz Halpin-directed show will feature 21 of Spears' greatest hits and new music from her as-yet-untitled eighth studio album, due Dec. In addition to 14 dancers, the concerts will also feature a four-piece band and state-of-the-art visuals. "I'm almost having to hold back the floodgates, because she wants to start rehearsing right now," says Halpin, who's also on-site selecting dancers with his team at Silent House Productions, which has designed tours by such pop acts as Katy Perry, P! So I'm waiting for this unleashed furry of rehearsal energy when we get started." After Billboard broke intimate details about Spears' nightclub-like residency in an exclusive interview with Caesars Entertainment VP of entertainment Kurt Melien, rumors have been swirling around the web about lackluster ticket sales (the first 16 concerts went on sale Sept.
There have also been reports that ticket sales to her residency shows haven't been selling well. Yesterday, I got a phone call from Britney's mom, Lynne Spears. I said, "Lynne, don't worry about it, we're dealing with it right now. " You have these idiot tabloid reporters who are completely irresponsible and love taking pot shots at Britney. It's based on nothing, other than an "industry insider," who they'll never disclose. So we had to go on the offensive and put out correct information to counteract it.
Below, Rudolph sets the record straight to Billboard about the latest set of rumors surrounding Spears' Las Vegas residency, and divulges exclusive details about the pop superstar's eighth album and potential next single. She does choreography and vocal coaching every day.
Billboard: First off, let's clear the air about whether Britney Spears will be lip-syncing during her Las Vegas residency shows. The vocal coaching is really just to strengthen her voice and get her to a point where she can go out there every night and do a full show.
20) and whether the pop singer will lip-synch her way through performances.
We caught up with Rudolph (who was momentarily sidetracked during this interview by a call from his other red-hot client Miley Cyrus: "She just put out a new version of 'Wrecking Ball,' which I think will get an equal amount of (web) hits," he says) at Center Staging.
In an interview with Billboard, the 51-year-old claims the Queen of Pop was 'very, very, very rigid' about rehearsing but in the end was ecstatic with the buzzworthy outcome by exclaiming 'it was all worth it!