Minogue later commented, "I wasn't at all angry when it worked for Spears. It's like the fish that got away. You just have to accept it. It's really different, that's why I like it so much. Problems playing this file? Spears's vocal range spans from the low note of F3 to the high note of G5. A reviewer from Popdust called the verse "The most representative lyric of the song's delirious, disorienting charm. Heather Richels of The Paly Voice complimented its hook and catchiness, while deeming it the most appealing song of the album.
My Prerogative , Erlewine selected it as one of the "track picks" and described it as "a delirious, intoxicating rush". Music Radio commented that, "In the name of fairness, it will be noted that 'Toxic' and 'Showdown' could well have been good pop songs in the hands of any other singer than Spears. Rob Mitchum commented that Spears "finally, she just acted like an adult, rather than constantly reminding us she wasn't a girl anymore.
Despite anticipation that the leak would confirm suspicion of Spears' natural vocals being sub-par, it received generally positive criticism. It became the week's "Highest Debut". I Did It Again " in It was directed by Joseph Kahn , who previously worked with Spears on the music video for her single " Stronger ". Brad Rushing was the cinematographer. Spears first approached Kahn with a story sketch of a secret agent out for revenge against an ex-lover, to which Kahn created a treatment for.
Her concept was almost fully formed and detailed, exemplifying the scene in which she drops water on the passenger's lap. Spears said she wanted to join the mile high club and be a stewardess that kissed a man in the bathroom.
Kahn suggested making him a fat man, so the "common man" would feel represented. Spears also told him about a scene in which she would be naked and covered in diamonds. Kahn stated he was "not sure what I was thinking about when she told me about that scene, maybe those intros to James Bond movies, but every video needs an iconic image to remember, and that's it". The choreography was a collaboration between Brian Friedman and Spears, and every scene had a completely different strictly structured routine.
After the treatment was finished, Kahn proceeded to cast his friends and acquaintances, as in most of his projects. The plane passenger in which Spears drops water on was played by his long-time casting director, while the fat man in the bathroom was played by the casting director's assistant. Spears's boyfriend is played by Martin Henderson , who starred in Kahn's directorial debut Torque. Spears also shot scenes in which she had to dance through a hallway of imaginary lasers in front of a green screen , something that Kahn deemed as "incredible to watch".
The last few scenes of the video in which Spears murders her boyfriend, concerned Kahn, who thought they would be censored. He explained "the trick was to make it look pop at the same time" and told Henderson "'Would you like to be kissed by Britney Spears? According to Kahn, the hint of a smile that appears on Henderson's face before Spears pours the poison into his mouth was what managed to get the shot past censors.
Although Spears was at first going to be involved in the editing process with Blackburn, she did not contact Kahn after the media scandal over her wedding in Las Vegas. The music video begins with an open shot of an airplane flying surrounded by many doves, referencing the works of Hong Kong director John Woo. After serving some of the passengers, she leads a middle aged overweight man to the bathroom and seduces him. She accidentally triggers a laser trap when she leaves that she evades with elaborate dance moves, including a back handspring.
This is followed by scenes of Spears wearing a black superheroine outfit and black hair. She scales a building and enters an apartment, where her unfaithful boyfriend Henderson is waiting. She kisses him just before pouring the poison into his mouth, killing him. Spears kisses him again and jumps out of the window. She lands back on the plane sporting her flight attendant outfit, and winks at the camera.
The video closes with a shot of the airplane flying surrounded by doves like the beginning. A spokeswoman for MTV announced that "given the particular sensitivity in the culture right now, we're erring on the side of caution for the immediate future.
Jillian Mapes of Billboard wrote that Spears "proved that she comes in every flavor [ Many comparisons were made about the similarities. Piece of Me in It was the opening number of her set, and Spears appeared wearing a black top and a white fur cape. While the choreography was deemed as "erotic", Corey Moss of MTV commented that some of the effect was lost due to Spears's lip synching and a stagehand fixing a prop during the song.
After " Do Somethin' ", in which Spears wore a hot pink bra, a white fur coat and a jean skirt, she ended the set with "Toxic", with four female dancers in a Shakira -like style. Following the performance, she thanked the audience and introduced her dancers. Following an interlude in which the dancers showcased their individual moves, the stage was lit with green sci-fi effects and Spears appeared over moving jungle gyms.
Baby One More Time " and " Womanizer ". After a video intermission in which Spears finds and captures the stalker that follows her, the show continues with a martial arts -inspired remix of "Toxic", in which Spears wears a kimono and battles dancing ninjas. The number begins with a ballad version of "Toxic" and Spears is seen over a giant tree.
Before the chorus begins Spears jumps from the tree in a kind of bungee jump under a water curtain. As Spears lands in the stage, the first chords from the song starts and the performance keeps going on.
Spears performed the song as part of her Apple Music Festival performance in London on September 27, The song was also streamed live along with Work Bitch from Spears' final Britney: Over , people in 60 different countries cast their votes.
Jess Harvell commented that Spears had great pop instincts and that "Toxic" showed how "Britney always had more individualist pep than her peers, important when you're dealing with steamroller productions from the mind of Max Martin. Amy Schriefer noted that the song's synths defined the sound of dance-pop for the rest of the decade, while adding that it "still sound[s] fresh and futuristic.
Bill Lamb of About. Norwegian alternative rock band Hurra Torpedo covered "Toxic" in their fourth release, Kollossus of Makedonia It was included in his second studio album, Version Israeli pop singer Shiri Maimon recorded a version of "Toxic" in Hebrew.
A music video was released, which featured different Spears look-alikes wearing iconic outfits from various music videos, such as " Baby One More Time" and "Womanizer".
She dedicated it to Spears, adding, "She's going through a bit of a hard time at the moment. Michaelson's version ends with her and the band doing a dance break set to Spears's original song. The medley of hits included " They also performed a cover of " Hold It Against Me ". Soundtrack appearances[ edit ] In the episode " The End of the World " of the TV show Doctor Who , the character of Cassandra unveils an ancient jukebox that reproduced "Toxic" as an example of "a traditional ballad" from 5 billion years prior.