Confirmed: Jordin Sparks Replaces Ciara on Britney Tour

Jordin Sparks is stepping in for Ciara on the second leg of Britney Spears’ North American Circus tour.

In a press release on Spears’ official website, Jordin Sparks was announced as the new opening act. The release goes on to include previously announced opener Kristinia DeBarge, who will perform on all dates, while up-and-comers Girlicious and One Call will appear in select cities. Ciara is not mentioned.

“Britney’s show is incredible and for me to be a part of it is a great opportunity,” Sparks said in a statement.

Ciara previously spoke about hitting the road with Spears in North America after performing on several of the pop star’s U.K. dates over the summer. “I did a few days with her in the U.K. and that turned into us doing all these dates coming up, so I’m excited about it,” the “Love Sex Magic” singer told in July.

Both Jordin Sparks and Ciara are signed to Jive Records. Leg two of “The Circus Starring Britney Spears” kicks off August 20 in Hamilton, Ontario. Click here for tour dates.

UPDATE: A rep for Ciara has confirmed to that she is no longer on the tour. She may perform on a couple spot dates, but nothing has been announced at this time.