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Fan frenzy, paparazzi await Britney Spears’ Strip arrival; new spring shows to be announced


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Britney Spears and Ellen DeGeneres on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” on Monday, Dec. 2, 2013.

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Britney Spears.

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Britney Spears and her crew celebrate her 32nd birthday on Monday, Dec. 2, 2013.

Britney Spears at Planet Hollywood

Britney Spears and Mario Lopez

Britney Spears and Ellen DeGeneres

Pop princess Britney Spears will arrive this afternoon on the Strip in one of the most explosive and entertaining sensations ever created as a “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” stunt. An awesome avalanche of fan frenzy and paparazzi posse await the mega-star’s arrival to debut her two-year, 96-show residency at Planet Hollywood.

I can reveal that 30 minutes after she arrives in spectacular fashion, the second set of her show tickets starting April 25 through Labor Day Weekend of Sept. 6 will go on sale to meet the extraordinary demand and prove that Las Vegas is getting younger. The excitement will be so over-the-top that a satellite broadcast will air around the world starting at 11 p.m.

“We’re going to have a party,” said Britney. “We will have that vibe in the theater, and people there will really feel they are with me inside the show. This is the most dancing I’ve ever done, and the show will allow fans to feel closer to me than we’ve ever had possible before.

“There are a lot of different, interesting aspects and a lot of moments where the audience feels like they’re in the show with us, a lot of special effects like that.”

Tied in to her Strip arrival today is the release of her new album “Britney Jean,” her eighth. She will start final rehearsals onstage at Planet Hollywood on Dec. 10 ahead of the Dec. 27 world premiere.

Film cameras from E! Entertainment will film one of the world’s most recognized entertainers around the clock now for a special 90-minute documentary that will air Sunday, Dec. 22, at 8 p.m. with an immediate replay at 9:30 p.m. five nights before the star-studded opening.

There’s no official confirmation yet that new boyfriend of eight months David Lucado will escort Britney today, but I can confirm that he will be with her for the opening-night show along with numerous Hollywood stars who have promised to attend.

On Monday, Britney taped a segment with “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” after celebrating her 32nd birthday with some of her cast and crew during a break from rehearsals. “Ellen” airs today as Britney flies to Las Vegas.

The international pop icon has requested as her birthday wish for fans to support St. Judge Children’s Research Hospital. Follow me on Twitter @robin_leach for our reports starting at 3 p.m. from Planet Hollywood and then check back here later for our updates as we post early photos of the welcome-ceremony excitement.

On Wednesday, we’ll have exclusive news, full photo galleries and wrap-up video.

Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.

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