Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Keeping Brit Brit Away From Bad Influences

Who knew that the first thing you would hear after being hired to dance for Britney Spears would be, "Fill this, please."

A source tells E! News that, in an effort to keep the on-track pop star free from negative influences, her camp is requiring that all of her backup dancers submit to drug tests.

"They all had to be drug tested and, if they didn't pass, they were fired," the insider says.

"I think they only do it for her because she is under strict watch. I think they just want good influences around her," the source adds, noting that drug testing is not common practice.

Considering Britney spends a hefty chunk of time with her fellow performers—and is going to be heading out on tour next year with a number of them—it's understandable that those who look after the Circus star want to screen her stagemates ahead of time.

"It's going to be a pretty big tour," says Robert Baker, the studio director at Millennium Dance Complex in North Hollywood, where Spears frequently rehearses. "They're going to have a three-ring circus with live animals, so it's probably stricter liability."

"I don't think it's a common practice, but each artist is different," Baker tells E! News, referring to the drug-testing issue. "Everyone is just trying to safeguard against any foreseeable problems."

A rep for Spears didn't respond to requests for comment.


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