By Margeaux Watson
October 11, 2008 at 09:19 AM EDT

Seems like only yesterday I was backstage at the Pearl Theater in Las Vegas, playing hooky from my interview with Alicia Keys to spy on the impenetrable army of handlers gathered outside Britney Spears’ dressing room following her disastrous live performance of “Gimme More” at the 2007 MTV VMAs.

And yet here I am, a little more than a year later, playing hooky from dinner with friends in New York City to blog about her new music video for “Womanizer,” the first single from her next CD, Circus (out Dec. 2), which premiered tonight on ABC’s 20/20. Directed by Joseph Kahn (“Toxic”), the clip finds the troubled pop star playing the vamp in a three-part role-playing fantasy — there’s the corporate tease, the freaky waitress, and the horny chauffeur.

Though her body is on point (peep the strategically blurry nude scenes) and her wigs are tighter than that raggedy pink mop she often sported during her months-long meltdown, her dance moves remain stiff, and her digitally altered voice is no match for labelmate T-Pain’s Auto-Tune-enhanced vocal stylings. Of course, that never stopped folks from loving her in the first place, which means it’s unlikely to hinder her comeback. The verdict? You tell me.