Britney Spears caught lip-syncing during ‘Piece of Me’ residency shows

December 28, 2013: Britney Spears bares her naked belly for the first time in public sans airbrushed abs for her Las Vegas show 'Piece of Me' at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Former pop princess Britney Spears’ awkward-looking ab’ wasn’t the talked of her first show in her two-year Las Vegas run, it was her onstage lip-syncing.

Oops, she did it again.

Britney Spears has been busted lip-syncing her way through her much-hyped Vegas residency.

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Confidenti@l revealed in September that the pop star was planning on lip-syncing during her two-year “Britney: Piece of Me” shows, a claim her management denied at the time.

Confidenti@l revealed the '...Baby One More Time' singer's plans to lip-sync back in September, but her management repeatedly denied it.

Confidenti@l revealed the ‘…Baby One More Time’ singer’s plans to lip-sync back in September, but her management repeatedly denied it.

Spears, 32, began her Planet Hollywood residency Friday night to a full house at the Axis Theater in Sin City, but fans were left disappointed.

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“The singer appeared to be lip-syncing for the majority of her performance,” reported the Los Angeles Times. “That went for high-energy dance numbers such as ‘Womanizer’ as well as slower-paced ballads like ‘Perfume,’ for which Spears took a seat onstage.”

Spears is being paid in the ballpark of $ 15 million a year for a total of 96 concerts, and sources tell Confidenti@l ticket sales have been “disastrous.”

Spears is being paid around $  15 million a year for her Vegas residency.

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Spears is being paid around $ 15 million a year for her Vegas residency.

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Fans took to Twitter to vent their annoyance at having forked out hundreds of dollars for the show.

“Britney Spears may be the only ‘live’ performer with the chutzpah to lip sync to a song where she used AutoTune,” tweeted Mike Prevatt.

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Miley Cyrus, Selena Gomez and Katy Perry made appearances at the show.

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Miley Cyrus, Selena Gomez and Katy Perry made appearances at the show.

“I just watched Britney’s show & her lip sync was off by like 5 secs :(” tweeted William Belli.

Spears’ Vegas show relied heavily on a mixture of dazzling visuals and a surprise guest appearance. The hardest-twerking woman in show business, Miley Cyrus, shocked the audience when she kissed one of Spears’ female dancers as Katy Perry and Selena Gomez looked on.

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After Confidenti@l’s lip-syncing revelations in September, Team Britney went into meltdown and ordered up a cheat sheet to be used by Planet Hollywood staff when answering questions on the subject. “Yes! She will be singing live!” “Certainly she will be singing live!” “Yes, all vocals will be live!” “No lip-syncing will happen at the show,” the sheet stated.

The 'Femme Fatale' singer's latest album, 'Britney Jean,' had the lowest opening sales of her 15-year career.

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The ‘Femme Fatale’ singer’s latest album, ‘Britney Jean,’ had the lowest opening sales of her 15-year career.

We’re told the people behind the show are now concerned about ticket sales for the rest of Spears’ stint.

‘What everyone here is worried about is, once fans wake up to the fact they are being cheated, they won’t come to the show,” said a source. “People are going to start asking, ‘Why am I paying all this money to see Britney lip-sync?’ No one likes being exploited.”

This is just the latest body blow for Spears’ shaky career.

Her latest album, “Britney Jean,” was released in November and opened with the lowest sales of the singer’s 15-year career.

Spears’ rep, Jeff Raymond from Rogers and Cowan, who previously denied Spears would be lip-syncing and claimed Confidenti@l’s original story had “zero truth,” said on Sunday night: “Britney is killing it in Vegas, and Caesars execs are ecstatic with the launch. The show is a major commercial success. End of story.”

lcartwright@nydailynews.com


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