Britney Spears Is Not Returning to X Factor (REPORT)

Britney Spears is not returning as a judge to X Factor, according to TMZ. SURPRISE! Not.

Britney Spears will NOT be a judge on “X Factor” next season — and it’s entirely her doing … TMZ has learned.

We have unimpeachable sources who tell us Britney loves the show but wants to focus on her music … which she is doing right now. Britney is in the studio recording her 8th album, with some help from and producer Hit-Boy, the brains behind Kanye and Jay-Z’s “N****s in Paris.”

One of our sources tells us … “Britney loves Simon, she likes Demi Lovato but her thing is music.”

We’re told after she completes the album, Britney is seriously considering going on tour again.

Walking away from $15 mil …Yeah, she’s that rich.

THR reports that Britney will not be offered an extension to her one year contract.  And Yahoo reports that discussions about next season’s judges began over the holiday (Simon is in Barbados) and Britney never figured into next season’s plans. Reportedly, Simon already has an idea of who he’d like to replace Brit.

When FOX honcho, Kevin Reillytold the executive panel at TCA on Tuesday that Britney did a great job on the panel that he would welcome her back, I figured his remarks were about allowing Britney to quit rather than be fired. And wouldn’t you know–two days later news leaks that she’s leaving…

She brought zero personality or insight to the judges’ table. All she had was her fame, which didn’t help the ratings at all. I thought it was depressing watching her flat affect, likely an effect of the drugs she takes to treat her bipolar disorder.  If Simon hired her, hoping she’d have a meltdown, well shame on him.

Maybe the Britney Spears fiasco is an object lesson–that big ratings don’t necessarily result from plunking a big name on a judges’ panel.  Paying a huge salary for celebrity notoriety results in no payback, unless the celeb brings charisma and chemistry to the table.


Now, let the replacement judge rumors begin!

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  • Jason Scott

    LA and Britney are gone. Good. I kinda hope Demi stays, as I really liked her.

    Replacements for them? At this point, I don’t freaking care. Maybe an industry inside w/ a lot of know how.

  • Landon Cox

    I hope no one signs onto this trainwreck. Let it die.

  • cheese1

    I think they should get rid of all of the mentors – that’s probably the only way I would consider watching again. I found them all so fake and unwatchable. Britney didn’t come across that much worse than the others, imo. 

  • dabney c

    Glad LA and Britney are gone – only because the show is an embarrassment, and they can do better for themselves. At this point, Simon should just pick up his toys and go home. This show is a train wreck in every possible way – and not even an enjoyable, can’t-look-away train wreck (for me, anyway). Even a resurrected Michael Jackson on the judging panel can’t save this hideous mess. :-/

  • Miz

    Good for Britney to concentrate on her music and refocus on possible/probable touring again. This show did her no favors.

  • Tess

    Totally agree…my fondest wish in reality land is that Simon his ego and his concubine entourage bites the dust.  If I were British I would be dying of second hand embarrassment to think that a man of his negligible character is representing British entertainment across the pond.  I have yet to even like ANY of his “finds” and feel like he is the master of manipulation and the epitome of all that is bad with the music scene today…I thought the Monkeys were bad all those years ago but Simon has been copying that for all his years and has proven that talent has absolutely no place in the entertainment business…and for me its a pretty sad reflection of how poorly the arts are recognized on this side of the Atlantic, too.

  • Anny_nanny

    I am shocked. First of all shocked by the tag “American Idol”. I hope this does not mean that Britney will now judge AI.

  • dabney c

    Overall, I agree with you, Tess, although I do believe there’s room in entertainment for manufactured acts like The Monkeys and One D. As for Simon – yeah, his ego is responsible for the abomination that is Xfactor US. He has to know that the show is a colossal dung heap, and yet his ego won’t allow him to admit it and let the thing just die.

  • Beth Bowers

    Sigh.  I loved the Monkeys.

  • tripp_ncwy

    Not a surprise.  Since Brit only has 1 or 2 albums left on her contract with RCA & LA Reid has been publicly courting her, I am wondering if they will be together again. LA has been doing some serious house cleaning at Epic this week as well.

  • pj

    Yes, I think I predicted that she was welcome to return with a reduced paycheck.  I feel bad for Britney.  I hope her dad and fiance/manager stop using her to line their pockets.  I do believe she has enough money to retire and live a very, very comfortable life out of the spotlight.  

    ETA: That being said, I only tuned into XFactor a couple of times. I didn’t find it compelling at all during the first season. The parts I did watch were pretty terrible. I don’t know how this show is so successful in the UK.

  • Kariann Hart

    Maybe if Simon left the show it would work?  No, no way.

  • pj

    I enjoyed them on the repeats they showed on MTV back in the day. Mike Nesmith’s mom invented liquid paper.  What’s not to like?  ;-)

  • Ronnie D

    I read that Britney is currently working with top notch produces for her new album. She should stick
    with what she knows and is good at, being a recording artist! Can’t
    wait to hear some new songs, I need some to work out to! :)

  • Montavilla

    Reading the TCA posts yesterday, I couldn’t help thinking that Nicki Minaj is doing for Idol exactly what Simon Cowell hoped Britney Spears would do for X-Factor.  Nicki’s bringing personality, pizzazz, and just enough cray-cray to make the season pop.  

    Unfortunately, Cowell was casting through the tabloids.  I hope it helped Britney by showing that she can hold down a job, show up on time, etc.  But it didn’t help X-Factor at all.  Instead, it was Demi who helped salvage the season by trying her hardest (even if that didn’t help her proteges).

    Honestly, I don’t think people will be lining up to join the X-Factor panel.  Not like they were for Idol last year.  Maybe Cowell can persuade Sharon Osbourne to join in?  

  • anonoymous

    I don’t want them to cancel the show. Just fix the problems of the show (there are many) and keep it. I like having something in between Idol seasons and also whenever the Voice is not on. 

    Simon: Remember what made Idol work and then fix the X Factor accordingly. The show has potential, it’s just being run terribly. 

  • Maj

    Exactly. The XF in my country was great for instance. The two finalists of the first season are still around, the judges’ chemistry was very similar to The Voice’s (a song writing/producing duo and a rock singer/legend) – back then I thought it was way cooler than the Idol franchise. Then I saw the UK version, which was way more drama-driven, but it still had enough talent so you could overlook some of its shortcomings. I didn’t watch the 1st season of the US XF but I did watch the 2nd one and made it all the way to the live shows. I gave it a few tries but then just couldn’t go on. It was so bad! The show even aired on our TV (dubbed, on weekends) so my mum saw parts of it & said it was horrible, overblown, loud and stupid. I think she summed it up.

    My point is, the show can be great, when it dials down the bombast, creates a friendly environment (you can be spot on in your critique w/o sounding like a moron) and focuses on the contestants…lets them be who they are as people and as musicians. Our XF didn’t have any big productions (we’re a small European country after all, & our showbiz is small as well), yet I liked it the best – and I’m usually very tough on our entertainment. :) 

    And as for the judges…not sure who would want to this job after this disaster of a season but maybe people who actually know each other would not be a bad idea. People who have already collaborated with each other (no matter what part of the music world they are from or if they are each in a different one) and have good chemistry. Just a thought. ;)

  • Larc

    Paying a huge salary for celebrity notoriety results in no payback, unless the celeb brings charisma and chemistry to the table.

    I think charisma and chemistry are important for judges panels, celebrity not so much so.  When Idol started, most in the US had never heard of Simon.  Many didn’t know who Randy was.  Paula was known, but viewers also knew she was pretty much a has been.  Yet Idol hit its top ratings when they were there.  Hiring big name celebrities for panels may look good on paper, but I’m not sure it gets the best results in practice.  Singing competition shows could probably keep a lot of the money they are paying these gaudy frills in the bank and do just as well or even better.

  • Li Wright

    The show has to produce a star before anyone will take it seriously.  Kelly C came out of the 1st season of AI with hit records…..that’s what XF needs, plus a rehab.

  • ptslittlecomment

    Hey now, let us not knock the Monkees. ;) They were actors hired to play a band on TV. They never said they were a band originally. But since all of them had previous performance creds ( two in a band and two on Broadway) they actually gelled and became the band they at first pretended to be. They learned to play their instruments well (at least three out of four did) and they had some great songwriters behind them. Unfortunately they just could never overcome their initial press and their later, best work went largely unnoticed. When some of these bubblegum bands fight Simon the way the Monkees did Don Kirshner and gain artistic control and artistry, I will have some respect for them as well. (Not to mention play to packed arenas live without overdubs or lip synching)

  • curly_yenta

    Not only that, since the mid ’60’s, The Monkees have been selling out concert halls 20, 30, and 40 years past their prime.  Selling OUT.  Not easy to do.  Lets see who on the charts today will be able to do the same.  The Monkees were all charismatic singers, actors and musicians with proven longevity that today’s unproven pop stars will only dream about.

  • mjsbigblog


    I love the Monkees too…but this post is not about them. Let’s carry on.

  • durbesque

    There’s always Cara DiLoGuardio.

  • teacup

    That’s it Brit, collect your paycheck and move on from this flop show.

  • bridgette12

    It’s more like her daddy collecting her pay check and then him telling her what she’s going to do next.

  • iluvai

    aww.. I liked her a lot on the show.  Best of luck going forward Britney.

  • Jake Williams

    Glad she left. Keep Demi because she was great!

  • Leandro

    Lindsay Lohan, Octomom and Honey Boo Boo on the judging panel. I mean, if you want to make it a trainwreck, make it a REAL trainwreck, not a meh one. 

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “I thought it was depressing watching her flat affect, likely an effect of the drugs she takes to treat her bipolar disorder.  If Simon hired her, hoping she’d have a meltdown, well shame on him.”

    I’m sure that Britney’s demeanor was because of meds for her disorder, and I don’t think that being an X-Factor mentor was a good fit for her in her current condition. I think that Simon hired her mainly hoping that a lot of her 23+ million twitter followers would tune into the show, but I think that he also would have loved to see her show some extreme emotional behavior. Simon only cares about making money and doesn’t give a crap about people.

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  • fuzzywuzzy

    “The show even aired on our TV (dubbed, on weekends) so my mum saw parts of it & said it was horrible, overblown, loud and stupid. I think she summed it up.”

    Yeah, that about summed it up. lol I couldn’t take the X-Factor seriously at all, what with the inappropriate song choices and OTT, often laughable staging for the contestants and the disingenuous comments by the mentors to advance their team vs. others, and the fact that the mentors override the public votes every episode, not to mention, molding the image of their contestants in the wrong direction. It’s a joke of a show and can only be “enjoyed” (and often not) if viewed with that POV.