It’s time for the Britney Spears Tournament: 30 Videos for 30 Years, MTV News’ celebration of all things Britney to honor the pop star’s 30th birthday! In the lead up to the big day, we’re asking you, Brit’s most loyal fans, to help us decide which video from her legendary career is your favorite by participating in a winner-take-all tournament. MTV News’ resident Britney experts assigned 30 of Britney’s videos seeds and put them up against one another in a series of single-elimination match-ups. Fan voting will determine which of her amazing clips is named the fan-favorite. So vote now and vote often for your favorite video. The winner will be announced on December 2 – Britney’s 30th birthday!
“Till The World Ends” vs. “Lucky”
In one of the stronger wins from Round Two, Britney’s apocalyptic, VMA-winning “Till The World Ends” handily defeated the steamy clip for her cover of Bobby Brown’s “My Prerogative.” That means one of Britney’s latest videos will square off against one of her earliest in the Elite 8. In one of the closest races (among many very close showdowns) Britney’s clip for “Lucky” just pulled past her controversial video for the In The Zone ballad “Everytime.” How close were they? Well, 51,694 votes were cast in this category alone and the split came down to 50.03 percent for “Lucky” and 49.97 percent for “Everytime”. That’s close, y’all!
“Stronger” vs. “Criminal”
But guess which race was unexpectedly even closer than the runoff between “Lucky” and “Everytime”? In perhaps the biggest surprise so far in Britney Spears: 30 Videos For 30 Years, “Criminal,” the hot and sexy video for Britney’s most recent single, defeated arguably her most iconic video of all, “…Baby One More Time.” You heard that right. “Baby” took 49.999 percent of the vote, but “Criminal” snagged just a few more key votes to snag 50.01 percent, taking the round. We suspect Brit’s boy and “Criminal” co-star Jason Trawick will be quite pleased.
That pits another new video against an early Britney classic, as “Criminal” will go up against “Stronger,” which itself knocked another Britney classic out of the competition, in the Elite 8. Going into the holiday weekend, the showdown between “Stronger” and “Oops! I Did It Again” looked was shaping up to be the neck-in-neck contest of Round Two. How wrong we were! Sure, it was a tight race, but in the end “Stronger” ruled the day with just over 52 percent of the vote, leaving the big budget, otherworldly lip for “Oops” with just under 48 percent of the 56,085 votes cast in this frame.