Britney Spears facing X Factor chop

2012-12-28 13:00
Los Angeles - Britney Spears is allegedly set to be axed from The X Factor USA.

The singer - who acted as a judge on the second series of the FOX reality TV show alongside Simon Cowell, Demi Lovato and LA Reid - is reportedly unlikely to have her contract renewed after disappointing producers with her "low energy" and providing "boring" feedback to contestants.

A source told US Weekly magazine, that the 31-year-old mother-of-two - who was on a one year $15m contract and whose act Carly Rose made it to this season's grand final - is facing the axe just weeks after music producer and record label boss LA Reid announced he won't be returning next year.

'Simon wanted crazy Britney'

The insider said: "Britney will get the boot. Producers wanted her for the long haul, but it isn't working. They paid all that for her to say 'amazing' and offer half-claps."

The source said Simon Cowell was especially let down by Britney's attitude on the panel, saying: "He wanted crazy Britney, but he got boring Britney."

Meanwhile, Britney's personal relationship with fiance Jason Trawick is also reportedly on the rocks.

A friend said: "They are pulling away from each other. Unless things change, they will split for good."

Sources previously claimed that The X Factor producers were eager to dramatically reduce the show's budget next season and felt they could not justify paying Britney $15 million again in light of the show's disappointing ratings.

'Britney will be expendable'

The source said: "Producers were hoping to pull in between 15-20 million viewers but the show hasn't reached those expectations and in a recent episode that clashed with the World Series only 5.7 million watched.

"Those numbers add up to cost cutting and Britney will be expendable. So, considering Fox has already renewed The X Factor for a third season, producers will be looking to spend less on the production of the show, including the judges' salaries.

"Britney, who was signed on a one-year deal, is the first person who will be expected to have her salary chopped. She is on a $15m contract, which is absurd given that there's been no huge surge in the ratings."


  • Jason - 2012-12-28 17:24

    "Low energy". Anyone seen Office Space? The scene in the restaurant with the stupid little badges comes to mind.

      preshen.govender.12382 - 2012-12-31 08:31

      if someone threw panties at a Britney Spear concert will she wear them?

  • colleen.devries - 2012-12-29 07:06

    If anyone should be axed, it should be Demi. Her childish behaviour on the show was very annoying. The manner in which Britney mentored Carly Rose was commendable. She helped this young girl to become a star. Britneys comments are accurate and to the point without putting on any airs.

      tammy.petersen.73 - 2012-12-29 07:37

      Totally agree with you about Demi she acted like she knew more than Simon but clearly simon has more experience.As for Britney i think the article was accurate,i was keen to watch her in the begining but she was extremely boring it looked like just a job for her she showed no passion.

  • vernon.meakin - 2012-12-29 08:51

    Its like watching a wet dish rag ,except the rag has more life in it.

  • vernon.samuel.7 - 2012-12-29 18:37

    These reality talent shows are a farce. There always seems to be more drama with the judges than with the talent. Probably the producers trying to manipulate media interest in a dying concept?

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