Britney Spears Offered 10 Million Dollars to Join X Factor

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Deadline is reporting that Britney Spears has received a 10 million dollar offer to become a judge on Simon Cowell’s X Factor.

The offer is about the same as Christina Aguilera is making for the 3rd season of The Voice, and just a little bit below the 12 million that Jennier Lopez pulled in for the last season of American Idol.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Spears is close to sealing the deal.

The hire will bring the star power Simon is looking for to replace Nicole Scherzinger and Paula Abdul, the judges he fired at the end of Season 1. But will Britney be coherent or a trainwreck? Or maybe just plain boring? Just because a person’s famous, doesn’t mean they’ll make interesting TV week in and week out.

Britney has always seemed a little dull to me in interviews. We’ll see.

 
  • Anonymous

    just no….

  • Anonymous

    That does it for X-Factor for me.  I’ll never watch it again.  How can Brittany judge when she can’t sing?  I agree that she doesn’t have the personality for this.  She’s no J Lo. or Christina.   I predict next year will be X-Factor’s last…

  • too-cool-for-school

    “Britney has always seemed a little dull to me in interviews.”

    I read once that she had such a dependence on anti-anxiety meds early on in her career when she was younger that those and I’m sure other medication she is on now makes her sort of numb and unemotional. Plus her past troubles having done a number on her, she does come across very blank.

    I’m not positive how much truth there is to that but it seems possible. I don’t think her joining XF would be beneficial to either party. I try to think of who would be better, but it seems hopeless. Simon probably feels that way too.

  • Kylee

    Interesting. She might bring in higher ratings at first, then the novelty will wear off. 10 years ago it would have been a bigger deal.

  • http://twitter.com/Justin_J9 Justin

    Good choice. Could work well. She’s a little bit crazy but also very nice and personable. The contestants will like her a lot and so will the public. She’s still America’s sweetheart.

    I wish they could bring Cheryl Cole back. It’s a disaster that the best mentor/judge these talent shows have ever had is out of the job.

  • Anonymous

    Whhhaaaaatt?? Why would she even take this job up???!! Britney will just find herself in more public scrutiny, she should stick to her tours and pop hits. Not like she needs the money, compared to the other 2 Jlo n Xtina, Spears is still having more hits on billboard charts. Why is she even considering x factor?? Makes me wonder who the next judge will be and I’m nervous…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WC5Q6ULBZZD3YT6AIN4NTU4S74 Whiteshirt

    If Simon Cowell decides to create a category of contestants named “Making the best of what we have”, then yes, Britney is a great choice for X-Factor.

    Meh. I made it through about 10 minutes of the show last year, so I doubt this will change that .

  • Karen C

    Umm… noooo….. 

    If this happens I probably won’t watch.   

  • Anonymous

    If she does rely on meds, what are the odds that she becomes Paula 2.0? Because that could be interesting. JK. But Britney often does seem very boring.

  • pj

    I predicted this.  She fits the show like a glove.  She can’t sing, she’s flighty, and I doubt she would be any better than Nicole. Except, she might bring ratings for that oh so important train wreck factor.  

    Xtina can sing.  At least she has that.  Britney is still not even legally in control of herself.

  • Anonymous

    but…. i don’t think she has the personality for this. she’s qt and an obvious star… but i honestly don’t know what she would bring to the table. she is the definition of manufactured pop star. it’s the suits and producers that drive her career, not her.

  • http://twitter.com/farmgirlsings Ali Marilyn Rose

    @Whatiswrongwithus  get your facts straight, Christina Aguilera has had  5 #1 Billboard Hot 100 hits just like Britney Spears. In fact Christina has scored more Top 10′s than Britney has had in her entire career. so . . .

    Trivia . . .
    Did you know only Britney, Christina and Usher out of all today’s pop stars have been the only ones who scored a Billboard #1 in three decades, the 90′s, 00′s and the 10′s.

  • Anonymous

    Yeah, I like the idea of this, but she is so boring and sweet that she would not make for entertaining judging at all.

  • http://twitter.com/Ladyhelix Nanette Snider

    One more reason NOT to watch.  

  • http://twitter.com/ladymctech ladymctech

    I thought these shows were supposed to be about the contestants? Silly me. She seems like an odd fit already with Simon and LA the other 2 definities. What 4th person would fit in?

  • http://twitter.com/KWOnlyDreaming Karen W.

    I agree that Brittany can’t sing but neither could Paula or Nicole.

  • Anonymous

    I think she’d be a better judge than people think, she surely will be better than Scherzinger.

    I also like Britney as a judge so she can show more of the real side of her. This won’t be forced paparazzi interviews or a stage concert, it will be Britney with a real live microphone for the first time in her career where she’ll be able to talk without marketing people or the press in her face.

  • Anonymous

    Really, Britney Spears, is that the best they can do. Why would they pay her ten million dollars to judge others singing abilities when she obviously have none of her. She’s a uneducated pop tart who couldn’t sing live to save her life. She has the personality of a cardboard box. I haven’t watched X Factor yet and bringing on Britney Spears is another reason not to watch it. 

  • Anonymous

    I think her sweetheart days probably disappeared years ago with the shaven head/umbrella/mental institution incident. 

  • Kirsten

    Brittany had a complete mental break not too long ago. Is being on a panel where you get booed and called a jealous old cow by Simon really going to be the best thing for her? Has he ever treated a female judge with any sort of respect?

    She makes lots of money touring, she can still get a hit record, her Dad seems to have sorted out her finances…I don’t think she should do this.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_XJVNFJURNOCWYECDWBI6BDYP2I LeoR

    britney spears has one of the biggest and most loyal fanbases.  have you seen how much twitter followers and facebook fans she has? very smart and wise for them.  

  • http://twitter.com/SoapyCheese Sophie Gonzales

    Cowell must be so desperate if he really is throwing all this money at these people. And if he doesn’t majorly change the format of the show to suit American audiences next season, X Factor could bomb. It’s too much like the UK version and the two markets are completely different. But, to be honest, I hate X Factor and hope that it doesn’t last past season 2.

  • Anonymous

    I’m not a Britney fan, but I don’t think she’s any worse than prior judge selections. At the very least, her popularity will draw a lot more viewers than Nicole Scherzinger, and if Simon and Paula are qualified to mentor singers, so is Britney. Anyway, both Nicole S and Steven Tyler turned out to be dull and useless, so it’s really hard to predict how someone will be as a judge!

    I think people underestimate the amount of input that she can bring. I remember watching parts of a Britney special on Fuse, and I found it interesting that everyone described her as extremely talented and hardworking. One of her producers or managers went so far as to described her as a genius (or something to that effect!). Apparently, she had this uncanny sense of how to modify a song or music video, to make it appealing to young people, and she was very adamant about sticking to songs that represented her style. Her choreographers described her as an extreme perfectionist (which probably explains why her dance numbers look so polished). She’s also credited for the massive success of her first music video, because she nixed the original idea and came up with her own.   

    Anyway, talent aside, I actually suspect that Simon is counting on the massive Britney/Xtina fandom rivalry to generate publicity for the x-factor, especially now that it will be competing directly with The Voice. I predict an internet meltdown.

  • Anonymous

    That mental break happened a lifetime ago for Britney. Since then, she was back on the charts, back on tour, has much more stability and isn’t being drugged up by a guy (Sam Lufti) who was literally keeping her in an altered state and letting papparazzi crash at her place.

  • Anonymous

    Britney Spears a genius, at the most she’s able to tie her shoes and chew gum at the same time. Britney has never appeared to be the sharpest knife in the drawer. My grandmother would probably say, she’s the spoon. 

    As for a rivalry between Britney/Xtina, I think that’s dead. Despite Xtina missteps, she trumps Britney just by being able to actually sing live. Christina might have gained a little weight and sometimes hit the bottle too much, she’s never had to be institutionalized and can speak in complete sentences without daddy dearest whispering in her ear and telling her what to say..

  • Anonymous

    bridgette12,  I think there are different forms of genius. Maybe you’d prefer the term “savant” instead?. Your post also proves that the Britney/Xtina rivalry is not dead.

  • Anonymous

    Big amen to Kirsten’s comment. She’s been fragile for a long time, and all Simon seems to want female judges for is bashing. Bad idea.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I agree.  I think that the negatives far outweigh the positives for Brittany in becoming the next recipient of condescending comments and insults from Simon.  After seeing how Simon treated Pauler and Nicole last year, I would discourage any female star with any self-esteem from taking this job.

  • http://twitter.com/Justin_J9 Justin

    Idk i don’t think so. She recovered from that and had No.1 albums and hits after that. And she’s a good mother. I think people still like her and are rooting for her.

    Well we’ll see i think she can be good on the show but then again i like her in general. She’s the biggest popstar of my childhood, hands down.

    I’m not familiar with Paula pre-idol but it seems there are similarities between the 2, except Britney is simply from younger generation.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I don’t follow Brittany at all, but whenever I’ve seen her perform on television, she’s lip synched.  Does she ever sing live at all?  Like in her concerts?

  • Anonymous

    Disagree, she put all that behind her and is vastly underrated.

  • Anonymous

     ”Disagree, she put all that behind her and is vastly underrated.”

    Huh? I didn’t say anything about her as a performer! She’s a great performer and, yeah, she has pulled herself out of her tailspin.

    All I’m saying is, once you’ve had a breakdown, you’re probably well advised to take on only pressures that are worthwhile, because a breakdown leaves you with hidden fissures and weak spots, no matter how successfully you’ve fought back.

    Going back to your own musical career, touring, recording, having a love life, being a mom, etc. — all these things bring pressures but are also well worth your while. So save your strength and stamina to cope with those things, I’d say.

    Spending a couple of nights a week having Simon Cowell sneer at you for no good reason is not a pressure that’s worth risking *anything* over, in my opinion!

  • Anonymous

    I’ve seen her sing live on TV once or twice (when she isn’t dancing). She doesn’t sound bad. I don’t know how often she sings live, but I found this clip of her singing and playing the piano at a concert. 

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WISOUvQrjQ0&feature=related
    then here’s a compilation:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b3LzIOFUVbY&feature=related

  • Kirsten

     

    Spending a couple of nights a week having Simon Cowell sneer at you for
    no good reason is not a pressure that’s worth risking *anything* over,
    in my opinion!

    Exactly!

    Besides, Britney doesn’t need this show. It needs her.

  • http://twitter.com/tinawinabina Tinawina

    I think its a good idea. She’ll bring in viewers and she fits what the show is about. Britney has a huge fanbase and lots of people are sympathetic towards her.  And the people who aren’t might turn in to see a potential trainwreck in action.

    If she’s a boring judge, by the time people figure it out the hope would be they were already hooked on the show or the contestants.

  • http://twitter.com/Justin_J9 Justin

    Lately no, idts. But before? yes absolutely. She’s an adequate singer and before her knee problems was an amazing dancer. Just like many popstars today. And that’s what XF is looking for.

    She’s done it all…twice. She has lot to give in advice department i believe. Like i said she’s not that different from Paula, only younger.

  • Anonymous

     ”Besides, Britney doesn’t need this show. It needs her”

    Bingo. If I were Britney and I were actually considering this, I would drive a darned hard bargain. $10 million wouldn’t do it. Simon needs her *badly* to bring in those eyeballs. So he would need to pony up.

  • http://twitter.com/bignliddle BigNLiddle

    Like everyone else said – What does Britney bring that Pauler didn’t? In my opinion, I see Britney being even more robotic than Paula and Nicole may have been.

  • iFoundIt

    I doubt she will do it. She is still at the top of her game and see no reason why she would be a second rate judge on a reality TV show. She doesn’t need this to resurrect her career like JLo.

  • http://twitter.com/happylittlefish Amy Beth

    This just reeks of exploitation. I know people watch racing for the crashes and hockey for the fights, but it just no to this one.

  • Anonymous

     ”Like everyone else said – What does Britney bring that Pauler didn’t? In
    my opinion, I see Britney being even more robotic than Paula and Nicole
    may have been.”

    I’d say that what she brings is more recent buzz. It’s not like Simon wants any of the women for their skills or even their personalities. He wants them for buzz and looks — which he hopes will translate to viewer eyeballs.

  • BAPC

    This would be great news if it’s true. Britney is the quintessential pop star which is what X-Factor is about. If you want star power, it’s hard to find anyone bigger than Britney Spears. I can see her being a good mentor, a la Cheryl Cole, and putting together some great productions for her contestants. I’m not sure she would be a great judge… But “judges” on these shows just compliment everyone nowadays anyhow. Brit can do that.

    And I can’t see Simon treating her like he did Nicole and Paula. He’ll be doing everything he can to keep her on the show.

  • windmills

    bridgette12: Really, Britney Spears, is that the best they can do. Why would they pay her ten million dollars to judge others singing abilities when she obviously have none of her. She’s a uneducated pop tart who couldn’t sing live to save her life.

    I’m not disagreeing with you about Britney but X Factor isn’t really looking for great singing ability, is it? Isn’t its whole premise about the whole package. In a sense she fits. But on the other hand, I’ve always had this impression of Britney that she’s not driving the bus when it comes to her music and career. When you look at other pop tarts, even the ones who mostly lip synch their performances to choreographed routines, people like Rihanna and even JLo, you get a stronger sense of their identity and their stamp. That’s for better and worse. Rihanna didn’t start out that way but starting with the Russian Roulette album I think there was a shift. 

    With Britney I’ve always felt like she’s been the vehicle for whatever her producers and label decide is the direction. So, I don’t think she’d be a good coach unless it was basically her team doing the molding. I think she’d probably be a nice, supportive person but ultimately hollow. And, with the way her team has tightly controlled her interviews, is live TV really what they want for her? 

  • callmecrazy

    I love me some Britney, but as a coach/mentor/judge for X-Factor…NO!
    FOX sure does have money to throw around…o/*trying to catch some*o/

  • http://twitter.com/Justin_J9 Justin

    We don’t know really how much she will get paid and 10M for that kind of job is still good deal. For anybody. Anyway i do think if she takes the job her manager will make sure she gets paid exactly what she’s worth.

    And this job allows her to be in LA except in the beginning (honestly after 14 years in the business i don’t think she’s that much into traveling anymore) and she can be with her kids in LA and still have a good job and be on TV every week.

    Sounds like a good deal to me. Watching her femme fatale era, she’s clearly not interested in doing huge WW tours anymore. This might very well be the more enjoyable option for her.

  • tomr

    A washed up singer isn’t the way to go.  What that panal needs is a strong lady that would take on Simon at every level.  Someone who wouldn’t be worried about their own singing career would be best.

  • Anonymous

    ” Sounds like a good deal to me. Watching her femme fatale era, she’s
    clearly not interested in doing huge WW tours anymore. This might very
    well be the more enjoyable option for her.”

    You may well be right about that …

    I still say that Simon really needs her (or somebody with an equivalent high profile and eyeball-enticing potential), though, while she doesn’t exactly need the show, even if she would find it a fun gig. And since that gives her the upper hand, I would hope she’d bargain for as much as she can get out of him, which I expect should be more than $10 million….

    I’m thinking that driving a hard bargain might have the additional benefit of getting some respect out of Mr. I-Don’t-Care-Much-For-Anything-But-Money Cowell, actually! If a woman came on the show out of a really hard-ass bargaining position — and Britney’s one of the few who is in a position to do that, I think — maybe he’d be *forced* to treat her with a little more courtesy, rather than condescension. heh

  • itsalleternal

    Dear Fox, cancel this show now! This really is more like the Simon Cowell Show than anything. His ego is so large it is crazy. He should be forever barred from US television.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5CTSGSGATMXQESVDDD7RWQRYXU Jane

    Ewwwwww. That’s all I can come up with.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/DUYLLXAZRMK46UVYXKNE26FFJY Paul

    Someone like Mary J Blige. After seeing her on Idol, I think she would be a better choice. 

  • musicality

    I haven’t seen her in an interview in awhile. Last time I saw her speak she still seemed so fragile. My heart always went out to her. The paparazzi took great joy and chronicling her breakdown. I’m glad she’s climbed back up. I’ve always rooted for her. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002033520082 Brian Thurman

    All you people saying you won’t watch it again will be the first one’s to turn it on and watch it when Britney is a judge. And those who say I only watched it so many times are crazy. If you barely watched it I highly doubt that you would take the time to read an article on it, let alone comment on it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002033520082 Brian Thurman

    All you people saying you won’t watch it again will be the first one’s to turn it on and watch it when Britney is a judge. And those who say I only watched it so many times are crazy. If you barely watched it I highly doubt that you would take the time to read an article on it, let alone comment on it.

  • RemusL

    @twitter-166248407:disqus  … You don’t know what you’re talking about. Despite all our ragging on Nicole’s less-than-stellar judging and mentoring, she’s a fantastic singer. Her live performance in RENT at the Hollywood Bowl in 2010 was amazing. http://youtu.be/iQvU9MCUr0Q
    And at one time, Paula was a great live performer, dancing AND singing (without lip-synching). Check out her 1989 VMA performance: http://youtu.be/tvuDf0X6ww8

  • Anonymous

    LEAVE BRITNEY ALONE!