Britney Spears Signs on as ‘X Factor’ Judge – Report

by | May 9, 2012 at 5:36 PM | The X-Factor

Britney Spears (Photo: Larry Busacca/Getty Images)

Sounds like it’s official: We have another pop star in prime-time. “Idol” has J.Lo, “The Voice” has Xtina and now “X Factor” has Brit Brit.

After months of speculation, Britney Spears signed a deal this week to become a judge on
X Factor,” E! News is reporting.

The pop star will earn $15 million dollars in the one-year deal to join the upcoming season of the Fox singing competition.

Simon Cowell has made no secret that he’d “love” to have the singer at judges’ table next to him and LA Reid for Season 2. He clearly wanted a high-profile artist on the panel to compete with the divas on its rival reality singing shows. (And, in fact, Spears will reportedly earn $3 million more than Jennifer Lopez receives on “American Idol,” while Christina Aguilera pulls in roughly $10 million for “The Voice.”) He also probably wanted someone who could bring the watercooler factor to the table, since many expect Britney to rival Abdul in the loopy department.

That leaves one more judge’s spot open, along with the hosting position yet to fill. At the end of its overhyped first season, “The X Factor” fired half of the cast, letting go of judges Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger, as well as host Steve Jones.

Fox has not commented on the report.

Auditions are currently underway for “X Factor” Season 2, which premieres September on Fox.

Back in March it was reported that Spears was in final negotiations to join “X Factor.” All parties have been ironing out the details over the last several weeks, during which time Spears is also believed to have been undergoing “extensive media training” to prepare for her major new TV role. Britney’s only other television experience was the disastrous reality show “Britney & Kevin: Chaotic” and guest appearances on “How I Met Your Mother” and “Will & Grace.”

“She’s ready for this,” an insider tells E! “She can’t wait to sit down next to Simon at the judges’ table and give this everything she’s got. She is excited about showing the world that she can do this, and do this well. This is the perfect next stage in her career. Both Britney and Simon are very excited to work together.”

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