UK paper, Mail Online, is reporting that X Factor producers are requesting a longer time delay for the live shows because they are nervous about how judge Britney Spears will handle the pressure, especially in light of her “ex-manager’s claims about her.
Friends of the singer – and the show’s bosses – fear for her well being after this week’s court claims by ex-manager Sam Lufti.
A friend of Spears said: ‘Britney has been getting her life back together this year. Everyone around her has worked hard to get her back to a good place and keep her there, and what Lufti’s doing seems like it might undo their good work.’
And this could mean trouble when the show goes live on November 1st; as anything Britney does or says will be beamed into millions of homes, hence the request for a time delay.
The normal delay for such broadcasts is seven seconds – enough to cover up a rogue swear word but not say, someone storming off stage.
‘It’s up to Fox if they can make it longer but everyone’s nervous and no one knows what to expect’
Another insider added: ‘Britney is going to be live on-air for 3 hours a week. If anything goes wrong, it happens in front of the whole country – there is no rewind button on LIVE TV.
The live shows will be a test for all of them, but particularly Britney Spears. If she has a setback, or a bad day and breaks, there is no way to hide it on live TV. I’m not sure a longer delay will help. If she freaks out, it will make the news regardless–even if it’s only audience members reporting on it.