07/04/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Inside Britney Spears' 2007 Meltdown: Tequila, Fired Employees And That Sparkly Bikini

Britney had rehearsed for five weeks with handpicked dancers.

She had got Dita Von Teese's stylist Trish Somerville, to create a flattering black one-piece for the make-or-break performance. And she had managed to secure the services of Ken Paves, dubbed Hollywood's hottest hairdresser.

But Britney herself managed to ruin the most important performance of her life. Hours before the show, her anxieties raged. She decided it was a good idea to start drinking tequila shots to calm her nerves one after the other.

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