Troubled songstress Britney Spears has fuelled speculation that she could be returning to the stage at this year's MTV Video Music Awards after appearing in a series of comedy promos for the show alongside its host Russell Brand.
Looking sleek in a fitted black dress, the good-humoured singer – who made a controversial appearance at last year's awards – acts out a question-and-answer session with the tousled-haired funnyman, calling him "Russell Brown" throughout in jokey reference to the fact the British comedian is relatively unknown in the States.
Behind them stands a large elephant, to which they are both apparently oblivious.
The adverts, which take to the air this week, have left many wondering whether the 26-year-old will perform at the show, broadcast live on September 7. The Piece of Me singer has been nominated for best female and best pop video awards at the bash.