Report: Britney Spears signs on for 'X Factor'
May 10th, 2012
10:53 AM ET

Report: Britney Spears signs on for 'X Factor'

The speculation surrounding Britney Spears' rumored "X Factor" deal continued Thursday as reports suggest that the pop star has signed a contract to officially be a judge on the reality competition.

According to E!, Spears is set to join  season 1 holdovers Simon Cowell and L.A. Reid when "The X Factor" returns to Fox in the fall.

The site reports that the pop star signed a deal this week to get $15 million for one season. A source tells E! that there's been "a lot of back and forth over the past few weeks as they negotiated small details, but she's on. It's all completed and Britney is beyond excited."

Spears' name has been one of the constants on the ever evolving list of stars Simon Cowell's said to be considering for the show. Earlier this year, season 1 "X Factor" judges Nicole Scherzinger and Paula Abdul were dismissed from the show, and since then Cowell and his fellow judge Reid have said that they were looking primarily for two women who already had that "X" factor.

LeAnn Rimes, Miley Cyrus, Demi Lovato, Avril Lavigne, Katy Perry and Janet Jackson have all been mentioned as rumored options in addition to Spears, although Jackson confirmed that she had to pass.

Neither Spears' rep nor Fox is currently commenting on the reports that the pop star's sealed the deal, but if it's true, that would leave one spot open for another judge. (Cowell's also said he's on the hunt for two new hosts to replace prior host Steve Jones.)

What do you think about Spears possibly joining "X Factor"?

Filed under: Britney Spears • Celebrities • television • X Factor

soundoff (65 Responses)
  1. old guy

    This picture looks just like that other blonde, you know, the one who's always in jail?

    May 14, 2012 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
  2. captain obvious

    Ding ding, last stop before being crapped out of the anus of showbiz, Britney. And sadly for desperate simon cowell nobody is going to give a crap about this show even after thy give this white trash a pile of cash for showing up. A terrible show is a terrible show no matter how much window dressing.

    May 14, 2012 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  3. G

    Britney is a great dancer and entertainer. She also has a good rep in the business as being kind to people and treating them well, even after all she has been though. Probably the same reason she got taken advantage of by the bloodsuckers. She lost it and got it back together, she got married, divorced and re-married. She has 2 kids. In other words, girl has lived it!! She knows what it takes and what is important. I wish her all the best and think she's a pretty amazing person to pull herself though like that. Not too many people can come back like that.

    May 14, 2012 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
  4. Michael Calaizzo

    I am in agreement with same.

    May 14, 2012 at 8:58 am | Report abuse |
  5. Internet Tuff guy

    Both britney and paula's IQ were specific examples of why they shouldn't be judging. tRololololol

    May 14, 2012 at 8:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      There you go using that word again, I don't think you know what it means

      May 14, 2012 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
  6. george

    OH MY GOD smartass

    May 14, 2012 at 8:36 am | Report abuse |
  7. JC

    I will not be watching X-Factor – Do not enjoy her singing if you call that singing.

    May 13, 2012 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |

    Why stop at Britney? Simon should latch on to Carrot Top! Or Andrew Dice Clay! Or the Situation!! Or even Gary Busey! Pick one of them, Simon, for their well-respected, demented, in-your-face opinions to balance the show out!

    May 13, 2012 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
  9. Kareen

    I know that I defiantly skip watching the X-Factor.
    Used to watch Idol until Cowell left and don't watch that one anymore either.
    The judging is sickening there and there is no way I watch Britney Spears who sings like a chipmunk judge others.
    Bye Bye Idol, Bye Bye X-Factor

    May 13, 2012 at 12:07 am | Report abuse |
  10. Dread

    Spears as a judge of anything... she doesn't even have full control of her life and personal business. The people being judged have exponentially more talent than her as a "judge." This is nonsense. Maybe she will use autotune when she talks too.

    May 12, 2012 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Sandy C

    I thought she was gone with the crazy behavior and time in the hospital, but in the midst of all that, she, largely by herself, produced a best selling album!

    Since she was a child, she focused on entertaining people, and perhaps missed out on developing a few other skills. And, perhaps she got used to a team managing and supporting her. And, being bipolar is a challenge as well. So, the first time in her life that she is on her own, and I think that in spite of being married, she was largely on her own, she made mistakes and she seems to have learned from them. And, apparently she was drugged by a guy she let into her life, too.

    And she was and is an amazing and successful entertainer in spite of all that's gone on in her personal life. And, now, her personal life seems very on track, too. Good luck on X-Factor!

    May 11, 2012 at 11:55 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Cali Cutie

    She's adorable – I'm 5 years older than Britney and people often tell me I look like her. Eat your hearts out people.......keep insulting others while you down the chips for the females on this blog and fantasize for the males on this site!

    May 11, 2012 at 10:13 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Ridiculous

    Shouldn't you know how to sing to be a judge? O wait JLo is a judge also. She's a great dancer, but why is she a judge of singers??? Isn't there a dance show out? Oops I totally forgot knowing how to sing means nothing nowadays, silly me....

    May 11, 2012 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      Do you judge the singers when they perform? Of course you do. And are you a professional singer of any sort? No, of course you're not. If you were famous and had sold millions of records, you might be asked to a judge on the show, too. Get over yourself, even I'll tune into this dumb, copy cat show at least once to see Brit. Me and millions of others.

      May 12, 2012 at 8:02 am | Report abuse |
    • aya

      I totally agree! Britney should be Paying "X-Factor" the $15 mil. to join the show! lol

      May 12, 2012 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
    • SL

      Most record producers cannot sing yet know a good/great singer when they hear one... you don't have to be capable of something to have the knowledge and expertise to know when that something is good... most (if not all) NHL hockey coaches could never do even 5% of what great NHL players can do (and that applies to every sport) so does your comment then in turn apply to them? Based on your statement I would assume the hockey coach needs to be as good as the player to "qualify" as a judge of his/her ability. This is not a defense of Britney as judge on X Factor... this is a response to what was a stupid comment.

      May 12, 2012 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Margaret&Mark

    why not...she still is great dancer.

    May 11, 2012 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  15. X-fac-DUURRR

    X-Factor is all done with this dimwit!

    May 10, 2012 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Mike

    I think for the new host, Simon should hire Brian Dunkleman. I'm sure he's free.

    May 10, 2012 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  17. GW


    Bring in Ant and Dec as the new hosts!!

    May 10, 2012 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Rick

    Finally, those that don't already know will realize what a trailer park/hillbilly bimbo she really is.

    May 10, 2012 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Hi Lo Green

    Britney had success because of marketing, handlers, auto-tune. And because tweenagers will buy anything the top40 DJ's tell them to.

    May 10, 2012 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Jen

    It will be a good thing to have her on the show! It will show young up and comers that when you get down, you get the hell back up, brush yourself off, get right with yourself and live a better life for having had the experiences. I hope she does great!!! Kill it Brit!

    May 10, 2012 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Just Sayin...

      When Brit gets down, first she pops some pills, then shaves her head, then has her kids taken away, then has an intervention, then eventually gets picked as a judge on an overrated tv talent show.

      May 13, 2012 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Megan

    I'll give her a shot! Hopefully this will help her rebuild her celebrity image and regain support from lost fans, like me. I used to be a HUGE britney fan. Excited to see what she will bring.

    May 10, 2012 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Joe

    This should be fun! Britney definitely knows the entertainment industry, good and bad, and she will be a great mentor to the individuals competing on the show. Should be an interesting season!

    May 10, 2012 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  23. blake

    Who cares? Lame program. Lame judges.

    May 10, 2012 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  24. dave

    Funny how so many people are so negative about this. I don't listen to Britney Spears and I am not a fans of hers. But just the mere fact that she's been very successful in the business does qualify her to be in this position whether we like her or not. I'm not sure whether a lot of us readers have ever performed or been involved with any serious production. It can't be easy doing what she's done successfully. It must take a lot of hard work, luck, and dedication and certainly SOME talent to reach her level of success. It's very easy to discredit someone based on one's preference. But if we look deeper into what's really involved in getting to the point in her profession (in a sea of millions who want to do similar), then I think we will appreciate her efforts regardless of whether we like her or her genre of music and performance.

    May 10, 2012 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Guest

    Does Britney even speak anymore? I'm being totally serious. The woman hasn't given an unscripted interview in half a decade, how is she going to be a judge?

    May 10, 2012 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Bookenz

    I wish they could get Madonna.

    May 10, 2012 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Yas236

      Bookenz I am so with you! I would love to see Madonna on the show, she's stayed relevant and successful for so many years while stars have come and gone. I watched the show last season and I LOVED IT, I am excited for the upcoming season, I hope Britney can articulate and speak properly...

      May 10, 2012 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Rod

    The show was fixed the first year anyway. Melanie Amaro was supposed to win from the start. That's why she was let go and brought that she would stand out above the rest. She was one of Simon's discoveries before the show started and he just used the show as a platform to launch her carreer. The others never had a chance.

    May 10, 2012 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Faithful

    I am very disappointed with Mr. Cowell's decision. I was hoping for a more mature
    angle of judging talent, but it did not happen. Sorry, Simon, guess I will be taking
    a Zumba class, will not be watching.

    May 10, 2012 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  29. LK2

    And Simon Says (ha!) that he hates Jennifer Lopez, and yet, he picks Britney Spears of ALLLLL the talented people out there? I guess at some point, you get "hard up" and take whoever you can.

    I'll give her a chance. I'll watch, just to see how she does. She just may surprise us. I just think that someone who's isn't all that great in music herself, shouldn't be judging or critiquing others. I think the *younger* audience love her, but young adults and adults, not so much. WE know what talent is.

    May 10, 2012 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Dave

    How boring, another tool on X Factor. Guess I won't be watching this season either.

    May 10, 2012 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  31. NOT disparaging like everyone else

    There are many judgemental and comdemnatory comments about Britney on this page (and elsewhere). Obviously, none of the commenters have ever worked in the entertainment industry. So far, she has had a very successful 13 years as a performing artist. She has a true pop star quality that is hard to resist. You don't get to be in a position of where she is today with laziness or lacking talent. If you knew her career, you would understand that she leads, and doesn't follow. Go Brit!

    May 10, 2012 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      Britneys success = lots of 12 year olds.

      She cannot sing, she cannot write music, she is merely an image sold to the less-than-mature.

      May 10, 2012 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  32. biggerdog

    she is for your eyes only

    May 10, 2012 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Lass

    At first I just loved the show, lots of great talent ! Then, all we heard from the "judges" was childish arguing,
    silly little bickering that was such a distraction. I would rather see Paula there than L.A. Reid, he was condescending,
    rude, partial to his guys, and just an awful judge, awful!! Now we have NO plans to watch this year. L.A. Rude was
    so spot on!

    May 10, 2012 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  34. NC Mom

    Shouldn't they choose somebody who can sing?

    May 10, 2012 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Gouda

    I'm kind of dissapointed. I was hoping that htis chick would take to the crack rock, loose her mind and become Roller Girl, not some second rate judge on some second tier network's crappy show

    May 10, 2012 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Jenn

    Is she even allowed to "sign contracts"? More like her Dad signed Brittany up for X-Factor since it's a financial contract.

    May 10, 2012 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  37. ROCK M

    How can someone who can't sing and has no talent be a judge of talent? Britney looks good but has the most annoying voice in pop music. Guess you can make millions without talent.

    May 10, 2012 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
    • McEvil One

      Just ask Justin Bieber & Russell Brand...they took the course on 'Talentless, yet Millionaires'

      May 10, 2012 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Poolchick

    Oh no! When Simon made the huge mistake of letting Melanie Amaro go, this is the same caliber of mistake. thank goodness he got his senses straight and brought her back. There are so many people out there that can do the job and ones that are respected. I don't think that of Brittaney. I wish her all the best in life and hope she continues on the right path but, as far as a judge thank you! I was so happy to hear that Nicole won't be back but now we have to deal with Brit? Yikes! Don't know if it's going from bad to worse, worse to bad or......

    May 10, 2012 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |




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  40. Bookenz

    Good move, I'll watch if Britney is a judge. Unless they pick Miley too and then no way.

    May 10, 2012 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  41. Robert

    Wow – awful news. I am going to have a very hard time watching this show now. Now we are stuck with Christina and Britney on prime time singing shows. Damn shame.

    May 10, 2012 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  42. FTROY01

    Brit has more talent in her pinky finger than all of you haters and detractors combined. Dont let your jealousy show to much!!!

    May 10, 2012 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
    • James

      FTROY01, anyone sounds like they have talent with the help of autotune. It's not hating. It's just a fact. I could blow flatulence into a microphone, autotune it, and sound better than her.

      May 10, 2012 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
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  43. Donna

    Why would Britney even be considered a judge since she has never sang a live note in concert ever!

    May 10, 2012 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
  44. June

    It's going to be hilarious hearing her say "you had some pitch problems" to a contestant. lol

    May 10, 2012 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
  45. Sinead O'Connor


    May 10, 2012 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
  46. nickp91

    The Fox upfronts will be buzzing with excitement next Monday

    May 10, 2012 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  47. Paul

    Shouldn't having talent be a prerequisite for judging talent? Spears shouldn't be a judge.

    May 10, 2012 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
    • rwf

      Totally true... why is she a judge? oh, I know.. ratings!!! Hopefulyl she will say something stupid again

      May 10, 2012 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |

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