Britney Spears has been getting mixed-to-negative reviews as a judge on “The X Factor” U.S., which has had declining ratings since she joined the show. Even her father/conservator, Jamie Spears, admits that Britney is “out of her element” on “The X Factor,” but he hopes that she will improve. He has also hinted that things are still troubled with Britney behind the scenes.
In an interview with TMZ on November 2, 2012, Jamie had this to say about Britney’s first live episodes as an “X Factor” judge, which were on October 31 and November 1, 2012: “The first night, we [were] a little nervous. Britney is not one for talking in public like that. I think she was very nervous the first night … But last night, she was a lot better and on top of her game. It’s something new …
“She’s out of her element. It was the same thing when it was when we were doing [‘X Factor’ auditions: We got a slow start and had a very strong finish. Next week’s going to be better, We’ll get better and better every week.”
Britney has gotten a lot of criticism for her dull, unoriginal and repetitive comments that she gives to contestants. People have also said that her body language and facial expressions show that she is obviously uncomfortable being a judge/mentor on “The X Factor.” In TV critics’ reviews, the most positive reviews have expressed surprise that Britney isn’t having emotional meltdowns on “The X Factor.” Not exactly a ringing endorsement.
Numerous “X Factor” viewers have noticed that she wears an earpiece during the live episodes, and many people are assuming that she is getting advice or is being fed lines to say by someone who works behind the scenes.
In May 2012, Britney’s first month on the job, she walked out on the job at least twice. Britney has contradicted herself in many interviews in saying what happened. She admitted to Elle magazine that she walked out on the job because she had panic attacks, but in other interviews she denied ever walking out on the job and denied having panic attacks.
Due to her psychiatric problems, Britney has been under a conservatorship since 2008. The conservatorship is overseen by her father for her business affairs. Her father and her fiancé (Jason Trawick) are co-conservators for her personal affairs.
In the TMZ interview, Jamie Spears also commented on the dismissed lawsuit that Sam Lutfi had against Britney and her parents (father Jamie and mother Lynne). Lutfi, who claimed to be Britney’s manager from 2007 to early 2008, was suing the three Spears defendants for breach of contract, libel and slander. Midway through the trial (on November 1, 2012), the trial’s judge threw the case out of court due to Lutfi’s lack of evidence. Lutfi told the media that he plans to appeal the case.
Jamie and Lynne had attended the trial every day and also testified. Even though Lutfi tried to force Britney to testify, a judge ruled that Britney could not be forced to testify at or attend the trial since she is under a conservatorship and considered to too emotionally fragile to be in that stressful situation.
Lynne and Jamie Spears divorced in 2002. The got back together (but did not remarry) in 2010.
Jamie expressed relief and vindication that the case was dismissed. He also commented to TMZ on how he, Lynne and Britney reacted to the trial: “I think it was harder on Lynne than it was on me or Britney, because Britney and I have been in the trenches for a long time together. We knew what we had to bear. But I think Lynne having to relive it and having to watch it on the screens and stuff and the articles and stuff like that, I felt like she took it the hardest out of anyone in the family.”
And what was Brtiney’s reaction to the trial? “She doesn’t really want to talk about it,” Jamie said. He also said that, to the best of his knowledge, Britney has not been in contact with Lutfi for about four years.
As for the current state of Britney’s mental health, Jamie commented, “It’s been a long road and we’re still traveling on that same road to get my daughter to get to that position in life to where she can carry on and do the things she wants to do. Even though I know that it looks like everything is just rosy, rosy … Britney, it’s all a work in process.”
Jamie also said that there will come a time when the conservatorship will end and Britney will get back legal control over her life but “I don’t govern those things. We have a whole team of people, and a very, very special judge that oversees that time.”
In an interview with “Entertainment Tonight,” Jamie said of the dismissed lawsuit: “I’m just so relieved that this is over with. That our family can finally put this behind us and move forward. I am so proud of each lawyer that represented our family in this. They were so prepared. They were ready. They stood behind us and I’m just so proud of each one of them that handled each one of these cases.
“I’m also very proud of and also very thankful for the judicial system and the judge. It took her a lot of patience and took a lot of time to listen to all that was said and I want to thank her so much for the decision that she made and she made it upon the evidence and she made it upon the law and I believe justice was served.”
Lynne Spears told the Associated Press about Britney’s reaction to the case being dismissed: “She’s so excited that justice has prevailed.”