Odds of Britney landing Vegas gig slim

Sept. 11, 2007 at 6:01 PM

LAS VEGAS , Sept. 11 (UPI) -- Britney Spears' disastrous performance at the MTV Video Music Awards may have killed her chances of nabbing a headlining gig in Las Vegas.

With several new venues set to open in the next few years, Spears could have had local talent bookers in a bidding war over her, if only her VMA performance was the comeback it was expected to be, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported Tuesday.

Jack Wishna, who talked with Spears two years ago about performing in Sin City, said she has severely damaged her chances of securing a regular gig.

"It was abominable and embarrassing. It definitely hurt her. I don't know how many takers there would be for a live show based on what we saw," Wishna said of her VMA performance.

"It was like she hadn't rehearsed, her timing was off, she had the wrong outfit," he added. "That had to have the hair standing up on the back of George Maloof's neck," he said, referring to the Palms owner who had hoped to hire Spears.

Pointing to Liza Minnelli and Johnny Cash as examples of self-destructive performers who made comebacks, Wishna said all was not lost, however.

"Americans are a forgiving society."

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