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Wednesday, 11 October, 2000, 10:29 GMT 11:29 UK
Concert review: 'Brilliant' Britney
Britney Spears
Britney singing Crazy at the start of the show
Teenage pop phenomenon Britney Spears kicked off her UK tour on Tuesday at London's Wembley Arena. BBC News Online sent along seven-year-old April Summers to report on Britneymania.

If you love pop then Wembley Arena is the place to be this week as Britneymania hits the UK.

Following the postponement of two dates at Birmingham's NEC over the weekend the Wembley Arena gig marked Britney's UK debut.

The Britney file
Born in Kentwood, Louisiana.
Moved to New York at the age of eight to go to a performing arts school.
Debut single Baby One More Time in 1999, was one of the fastest selling UK singles of all time.
In 1999, won two awards at the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas and four prizes at the MTV Europe awards in Dublin.
Worth an estimated 20m.

Backed by a superb group of dancers and excellent musicians - drummer "Slam" did a fantastic drum solo during one of Britney's costume changes - the 18-year-old wowed the crowd.

Her dancing and singing were brilliant and she made about six costume changes - my favourite was a silvery dressing gown with a huge train like a wedding dress.

There was also fireworks, tickertape and altogether it was a great show.

Support acts Aaron Carter - at 13 he makes Britney look like an old lady - and Australian double act Sister2Sister got things boiling up nicely.

There was then a 30-minute gap before the Queen of Pop - she did actually sit on a throne at one stage in the show - finally appeared.

Mixed crowd

Making a stage entrance in a floating "spaceship", she opened the show with Crazy (one of my Dad's favourites, though he might not admit it) which really got things going.

The 12,000 capacity crowd - there were lots of girls of my age but also quite a few men on their own! - went wild as Britney tore into hit after hit.

At one point she took a break and four contestants fought it out on stage for the right to meet her and have their photograph taken with her.

Sister2Sister were a good support act
The winner was a boy from Essex who had to "walk like a chicken" to win the contest.

Then Britney was back into the show, with Born To Make You Happy, Lucky, I Can't Get No Satisfaction and several slower ballads.

But the 80-minute show was rounded off with the song which made her a star in the first place - Baby, One More Time.

When she and the band disappeared I thought it was all over but the crowd stayed in place and made more noise, chanting "Britney".

So she came back and played Oops...I Did It Again, which was very dramatic with Britney finally disappearing in a burst of fire.

All in all it was a really cool show and the crowd loved it - I know I did and I think my Dad did too.

Go Britney!

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