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Photos: Britney Spears arrives: ‘I already feel like home here at Planet Hollywood’

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Britney Spears arrives at Planet Hollywood on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013. Spears is making preparations for the debut of her two-year residency, “Britney: Piece of Me,” that is scheduled to begin at Planet Hollywood on Dec. 27.

Britney Spears Arrival at Planet Hollywood

Britney Spears arrives at Planet Hollywood on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013. Spears is making preparations for the debut of her two-year residency, “Britney: Piece of Me,” that is scheduled to begin at Planet Hollywood on Dec. 27. Launch slideshow »

Britney Spears Arrives at Planet Hollywood

Britney Spears arrives at Planet Hollywood on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013. Launch slideshow »

Britney Spears arrives in Las Vegas

Britney Spears brought her “circus” to town in her arrival at her new Planet Hollywood home this afternoon.

She arrived right on schedule in a 1958 white Chevy Impala convertible that led an eight-car cavalcade under police escort, and the roof was down so that she could wave to hundreds of fans lining the Strip.

There were 23 dancers, contortionists and acrobats balanced on a metal “tree of life” stage truss that was wheeled across the forecourt of the hotel casino. Gorgeous dancers who stripped down from schoolgirl outfits into the briefest of silver shorts and tops used the Planet Hollywood steps for their marching choreography.

The show and Britney’s arrival ran 10 minutes. She was dressed in a smart, one-piece, off-the-shoulder black dress. Some fans, many with “Happy Birthday” placards, lined up as early as 6 a.m. today.

Hotel President David Hoenemeyer presented Britney with a bouquet of roses to welcome her officially to the venue, congratulating her on her 32nd birthday and today’s release of her new album “Britney Jean.” Our interview with David will be posted later.

“I already feel like home here at Planet Hollywood,” said Britney. “It’s so nice to celebrate with this incredible welcome. I’m so excited for everyone to experience the new show. Now it’s just a few weeks.”

As I reported earlier today, Britney starts her onstage rehearsals in the new PH Live Theater on Dec. 10, with the world premiere Dec. 27. Hotel execs told me that the fully reconstructed theater will feature one of the largest indoor immersive stage productions in the world, creating what will be the most cutting-edge pop concert experience ever produced in Las Vegas.

“The video, the effects, the experience are unlike anything ever seen before in Las Vegas, certainly in America and very possibly the world,” David told me.

Planet Hollywood also confirmed my earlier report that her next set of second shows for spring and summer will go on sale to the public Saturday morning (Wednesday morning for American Express cardholders and Thursday morning for Caesars Entertainment Total Reward members).

General-ticket prices are $59 to $229, with special pricing for the Britney meet-and-greet and VIP front-row tables.

Her new dates start April 25 and run through Sept. 6. She’s off during June and July, but has dates for May and August. “It’s a tremendous vote of confidence in her icon status, and people who have seen the Los Angeles rehearsals have been blown away by what we have to expect,” added David.

Our thanks to Steve Marcus of the Las Vegas Sun and contributing photographers Erik Kabik of Retna and Tom Donoghue for their photo galleries and Richard Corey for his video posted on YouTube.

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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