It's So On: Britney Spears to Open Up VMAs

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Don't it a comeback... she's been here for years!

Actually... call it a comeback. All she's done in recent years is parade around with no pants, go to rehab, get divorced and crank out a pair of rugrats.

We are talking, of course, about Britney Spears, who MTV confirms will be performing the opening number at the MTV Video Music Awards in Las Vegas this Sunday. Spears is set to sing "Gimme More," the new single from her forthcoming album.

In preparation for the show, the pop star has been boned repeatedly by worked with illusionist Criss Angel on "some of the moments of the performance." 

Jesse Ignjatovic, the executive producer of the 2007 MTV VMAs, said it was important to secure Britney Spears for the big show's opening number.

"I guess, looking back, we've had a great history with her," he said. "I wanted to start the show in a very big, dramatic way, and she's the one to do that. She'll captivate everyone, and set the tone for the rest of the night. There's no one better."

Spears does indeed have a history at the VMAs. Like the Kennedy assassination, we all remember where we were when she carried that python on stage.

Though a Justin Timberlake source claims rumors of a Timberlake-Spears duet are "patently false," fans should still expect to be surprised.

"She's planning it to be a big comeback performance," a Britney Spears inside source says, adding that the goal is to make it "shocking."

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