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Mike Fleeman
September 13, 2007 05:45 PM

Britney Spears – the next Sanjaya?

American Idol, which seems to specialize in turning embarrassing performances into gold, has offered to do a little of the same for Spears, FOX News reports.

“We have decided we can bring Britney back,” Idol judge Simon Cowell says in offering to help Spears’s career. “We are serious. We plan to buy her underpants, get her bigger shorts to perform in and get her away from her stupid friends.”

Paula Abdul says, “We always have time for Britney. We love her.”

And Randy Jackson adds: “We’d love to take care of you, Spears! We will make you a superstar again!”

Spears, 25, is coming off a disappointing performance at the MTV Video Music Awards, and her new single “Gimme More” entered the Billboard Hot 100 chart at 85.

Meanwhile, superproducer Timbaland also offered some advice to the pop star: Do a duet with her ex-flame Justin Timberlake, an idea that Timbaland claims Spears scotched.

“She has no comeback story,” he tells MTV News. “That’s the problem. She has to have a team. She needs to come back with Justin doing records. … [Instead she got] so big-headed and [was] like, ‘Screw you, screw you, I don’t need nobody.’ ”

Timbaland says that Spears needs to “humble herself and make a phone call and say, ‘I’m sorry.'”

“She knows what she’s sorry about,” the producer adds. “She needs to say, ‘I was wrong,’ and it’ll definitely move forward. … That’s all she has to say.”

Timberlake’s fellow ‘N Sync member Joey Fatone, who has known Spears “for many years”, has also spoken out about the singer, saying he’s worried about her.

“It was interesting,” he tells Extra about Spears’s VMAs performance. “I felt bad, but didn’t. It looked like she was really lost. A lot of people… really want her to seek help… There’s something not right there, something needs to obviously be done before anything tragic happens. She’s a great girl.”

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