People say the National Enquirer isn’t a reliable source, but if you take the information that Us Weekly posted Thursday (Dec. 27), they just might have had a scoop a few weeks back. Here’s the deal: According to gossip magazine Us Weekly, Britney Spears is about to get the boot from “X Factor.” Although it has yet to be confirmed, there’s little reason to believe that the speculation isn’t true.
Several factors point to why the Us Weekly story is most likely accurate, even though their information comes from an anonymous source. First of all, everyone knows that show creator, producer, and judge Simon Cowell has little patience with things that don’t seem to gel or click. At the end of Season 1, he quickly jettisoned friend Paula Abdul and fellow judge Nicole Scherzinger in the hope of finding replacements that would entice a younger (and far more numerous) audience to watch the show. He also canned hot Steve Jones as well. Spears and fellow former Disney star Demi Lovato was his answer, but the audience never materialized.
Second: Speaking of materialization, Spears’ ability to interact with her colleagues or give critical reviews of the artists longer than a terse sentence or two failed to expand. Her reticence and paucity with the language has prompted many a joke about her being paid more per word than any television personality in history. Jokes of setting that record are often mingled with comments of setting records for saying the word “amazing” in a single episode.
(An aside: Although there is speculation Spears might be fired from “X Factor,” at least there’s nobody betting on her dismissal — yet. However, co-host Khloe Kardashian is expected to be fired and professional oddsmakers like Bovado.com established odds that she would be dismissed.)
Although Spears’ over-the-top facial reactions to stimuli she found unpleasant might be one the things Cowell wanted from his new judge this season, they tended to add to the distance that could be felt between Spears and the audience that only grew with her apparent stiffness.
And then there’s all that money paid out for such a small return on investment. Spears reportedly signed a $15 million contract. A source for Us magazine made the comment that that was an awful lot of money “to say ‘amazing’ and offer half-claps.” Another source said that Cowell had “wanted crazy Britney, but he got boring Britney.”
Still, there’s no official word from Cowell or the people at “X Factor” — or Fox Television, for that matter.
But corroboration is something that holds weight. Cases are strengthened via corroborative information. Back at the beginning of December, the National Enquirer posted an article that featured a manic Spears crying on fellow judge Demi Lovato’s shoulder about how the producers were unhappy with her inability to loosen up. The story went on to say that Spears was fearful of losing her job as a judge.
(And before anyone mentions that the Enquirer is an unreliable source, it should be pointed out that there can also be reliable. Nobody believed them when they first reported the affair between Rielle Hunter and former Sen. John Edwards. When that scandal exploded, the tabloid was considered for a Pulitzer Prize.)
But it is unknown if Spears even wants another go-round on “X Factor,” although it was reported last month that she told reporters she would be back for Season 3.
A spokesperson for the “X Factor” told Huffington Post that all the stories were just speculation. There have been no talks as yet as to who will sit on the judges panel for the upcoming season.
But there is one seat Simon Cowell will have to fill, regardless of the Spears rumors. L. A. Reid announced his departure from the show the week before the season finale, even though he would ultimately become the winning team mentor of the season.