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Pop gladiators turn out for commercial debut

Britney, Beyoncé, Pink team up for new Pepsi ad
/ Source: The Associated Press

There were pop stars, cameras and lights, but the excitement wasn’t for a movie premiere, it was the world debut of a Pepsi commercial — starring Britney Spears, Beyonce Knowles and Pink.

The trio were at the National Gallery in London’s Trafalgar Square Monday for the first screening of the soft drink manufacturer’s “New Gladiator” ad, in which they play gladiators and Enrique Iglesias plays an evil Roman emperor.

“To have this premiere is pretty amazing,” said Spears, who wore a black coat over her short strapless black evening dress as protection against a deep London chill.

“Filming the ad was awesome, it made me feel empowered and I got to work with these two fantastic gladiator women,” she added.

Beyonce wore a fur jacket over her blue gown to walk down the specially laid blue carpet, while Pink wore a black-and-white print gown deeply slit at hem and neckline — and a little black top hat.

The three have reworked the old Queen hit “We Will Rock You” for the ad, and band members Brian May and Roger Taylor also were at the event.