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Is Britney's comeback toxic ... or terrific?

Rave reviews weren't enough to counter skepticism from some critics, who were nonetheless delighted by Britney Spears' new concert tour.
/ Source: E!online

Despite rave reviews about her latest world tour, we must admit we were a bit skeptical of the legendary Ms. Britney Spears when we purchased our uber-pricey tickets for her show last night at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

So was it worth it? In a word: yes!

Brit-Brit is back and better than ever — well, at least better than she's been in a long time. So what was our first clue that the pop princess is back on top?

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Her mic was actually turned on — like, throughout the whole show!

Sure, she still was singing with some pre-recorded background tracks, but give the gal a break. If you're a Britney fan, you know that some lip-syncing comes with the territory. But whereas she sang practically zilch on the Circus Tour, this time, Brits was belting out her ballads and croonin' along to her latest hits.

And she got all interactive with her fans again!

Britney stopped a couple times throughout the show to pump up the audience in her usual, adorable way, and one lucky fan even got a bump-and-grind lap dance from the lady, complete with her jumping on a stripper pole and wrapping her legs around him.

We're way jealous.

And she didn't seem terrified of the crazy peeps anymore!

Whereas when she was under the Circus Big Top, a way-too-enthusiastic fan rushing the stage caused full on pandemonium, but Brit-Brit and her dancers actually invited some lucky attendees to boogie with her during her most recent hit "I Wanna Go."

When one fan got a little too excited last night and ran back, snatching a huge, unexpected hug from Britster, she just laughed it off saying, "It's OK! It's totally fine!" before continuing on with her set.

And oh, the set list — enough music to make any Brit fan go really crazy.

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B.S. did all her latest hits, some oldies and some totally unexpected songs from various albums, all while donning a handful of shiny (and damn sexy) costumes. Most importantly though: She danced. A lot. Gone are the days of strutting around the stage for the majority of the show; B knew her choreography and hit it hard.

If you haven't gotten tickets yet, buy 'em. Sure, they may be a bit expensive, but Britney puts on a damn good show. And when Britney and Nicki Minaj take the stage together?

Well, go see for yourself...

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