When Britney Spears decides she likes your YouTube video, you can be pretty sure your “view” count is going to skyrocket. Which is exactly what happened when the video of a wedding guest’s elaborate performance of a dance to Britney’s hit single from last year, “Work Bitch.”
How the video came to Britney’s attention isn’t quite clear. It’s hard to imagine the 32-year-old pop princess spending her afternoons Googling herself. But you never know. The point is, not only did she find the video from the February 23 wedding of 35-year-old Stephanie Huntington, whose best friend of nearly 20 years staged the seemingly impromptu dance, Britney was so amazed that she shared it with the world.
“This wedding toast is INCREDIBLE!!!” wrote Britney Spears, tweeting the video to her 36.6 million followers. Britney got such a kick out the video, she invited herself to the couple’s 10-year wedding anniversary where she volunteered to perform the song herself.
— Britney Spears (@britneyspears) March 31, 2014
After the Britney Spears Twitter endorsement, the video’s view-meter shot up. As of Wednesday night, it stood at over 315,000.
The bride is a part time flight attendant and was in the air when Britney Spears tweeted out the video from her wedding. When she landed, she found herself in the midst of a publicity deluge.
“I had a million texts and Facebook posts and I was like, ‘Oh my God, did someone die?” said Huntington.
The truth is, the seemingly spontaneous performance, which featured a cadre of backup dancers, was actually planned out in meticulous detail. The best friend even hired a professional choreographer — and a crew of dance professionals — to stage the Britney Spears “Work Bitch” dance.
“The bride thought they were employees of the venue, so no one knew a bunch of professional dancers were there,” choreographer Chris Downey said later. “This is honestly the best gift you can give someone at a wedding. She freaked out.”
And what kind of person springs for a professional choreographer just to give a wedding speech? An entertainer, of course. The best friend was Bradley Bredeweg, producer and co-creator of the ABC Family hit series The Fosters — and naturally, an obsessed Britney Spears fan.
Check out Bredeweg’s performance of “Work Bitch” that got Britney Spears so excited, below.