Britney Spears Set to Explode on X Factor!
They have yet to film a single episode of the US version of The X Factor and it’s already destined for disaster! With the live round of auditions already underway, media mogul Simon Cowell has been busy scrambling behind the scenes to find a judging panel that will rejuvenate the show’s second season. Mr Nasty, as Simon is known, will return with record producer LA Reid, but Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger have been replaced by Britney Spears, 30, and 19-year-old Demi Lovato, E! News reports.
And there are grave concerns about the show given the two new judges’ reputation for hitting the headlines!
BRIT TO BOOST RATINGS
Britney Spears had been negotiating her X Factor contract since March, and is set to rake in a record-breaking $15 million (Dhs55 million). An insider revealed, “Both camps were back and forth on the money but now they have finally come to an agreement on the fee. That was the big sticking point and now, thankfully, it’s been sorted.”
Britney herself is a said to “welcome the chance to mentor up-and-coming artists”, but considering Brit’s self-destructive ways, which led to her well-publicised meltdown in 2008, there are concerns she’s not the best person to help emerging talent. Understandably, there are fears the pressure of being on one of the biggest shows on the planet could trigger another breakdown.
However, insiders suspect that it is precisely because of this infamous instability that she has potential to attract even more publicity for the show and her presence is bound to draw comparisons with Christina Aguilera, who is a judge on rival series The Voice.
LIFE AFTER REHAB FOR DEMI
Disney star Demi Lovato’s addition to the judging panel is a desperate attempt to attract younger audiences. And just like Brit, she is also a huge source for controversial headlines, having checked into rehab in 2010 for eating disorders and self-harming. She also has a history of air rage, having punched a backing dancer on a plane! Demi’s appointment as a judge is bound to create tabloid headlines and viewers will tune in out of curiosity.
Show bosses are hoping new judges will help make up for the “lack of chemistry” during the first series. One person who has no concerns and is looking forward to additional exposure is Simon, and he has hinted that the new line-up will deliberately hit the headlines, telling a US radio station that “this show has got to feel very, very different to last year… more controversial.”
STEFANI TO TAKE STEVE’S JOB
Gwen Stefani is hotly tipped to replace Welshman Steve Jones as presenter. He was axed after Simon noticed his lack of on-screen presence – before the live shows even started! At the time, Cowell shared his views about singer Cheryl Cole and the rest of the US X Factor team with his biographer Tom Bower, “She’s not working, and Steve Jones is even worse,” Simon dished.
Meanwhile, on X Factor UK.....
Meanwhile, back on British soil Dannii Minogue is negotiating her return to the judging panel alongside confirmed judges Louis Walsh, Tulisa Contostavlos and Gary Barlow. Dannii knows people will tune in to see the on-screen chemistry between her and Simon after recent revelations of their affair in his biography by Tom Bower. Dannii is in a powerful bargaining position as ITV executives believe her presence would be a shot in the arm for the channel as it battles Saturday night ratings war with the BBC’s The Voice. Meanwhile, Destiny’s Child star Kelly Rowland will not return. She famously clashed with Tulisa live on-air and things got so frosty between the pair that Kelly absconded to LA and missed an entire week of live shows, citing a sore throat as an excuse. Whatevs!