They’re both legendary singers with young families at home, so it’s easy to see why Britney Spears looked to Celine Dion as an inspiration for her move to Las Vegas. The "Baby One More Time" singer says she was enthused by the French-Canadian chanteuse’s show when she first saw it on the Strip in 2003, telling Billboard that it made things “click” for her – even though she was just 21 years old at the time.
"I remember how beautiful it was – really cool, low-key – and her dressing room was great," the mother of two says. "I was actually jealous, like, 'Oh, my gosh, she gets to be in one place all the time.' Everything clicked: To have your children and your family and that way of life, it just makes sense to have everything in one place."
Britney said Celine inspired her to move to Vegas. Photo © Getty
Celine was just 33 and at the height of her career when she rolled the dice on a Vegas residency, which was seen as an unusual move for a star of her standing at the time. However, the Quebec-born singer’s gamble paid off, and her wildly popular show at the Colosseum in Caesar’s Palace pulled in $494 million in its first 10 years.
Coincidentally, Britney was also 33 when she decided to make the move, signing a two-year, $30-million deal with Planet Hollywood in 2013.
It's thought that Britney's need for stability for her two sons, Sean and Jayden, played a role in her decision. Photo © Getty
Now, Vegas has become the place to be for some of the world’s biggest divas. Canadian country star Shania Twain made the move to Vegas for her Still The One show, which wrapped in December. (She's since announced a farewell tour, her first in more than 10 years.) Mariah Carey, too, has plans for her own residency at the The Colosseum called Mariah Carey #1's, and Jennifer Lopez is rumoured to be looking into a show as well.
Meanwhile, Celine has confirmed that she will return to a “refreshed” version of her residency following an indefinite hiatus, in which the singer postponed all shows to take care of her ailing husband, René Angelil.