When Britney Spears was doing press for her album and tour last year, she ended up doing a surprising amount of press. While the television interviews were kept at a minimum, “Britney” did several big magazine cover stories. A weird thing kept happening, though, and I noted it at the time – the real Britney Spears was not being interviewed. Magazines were asked to submit their questions via email, and “Britney” would answer them back, via email. It was so obvious that Brit’s manager/publicist or even one of her assistants were answering the questions, it was kind of crazy. But everyone still likes Britney and they’re rooting for her, so no one called her out on it.
I was reminded of that when I heard this news – Britney has now officially joined The X Factor as a judge. It will be Britney, Simon Cowell and LA Reid sitting at the judges’ table. Oh, GOD.
Are you ready? Britney Spears has officially signed a deal with The X Factor! A source confirms to Us Weekly that Spears will join Simon Cowell and L.A. Reid as a judge.
E! News first broke the story Wednesday that the 31-year-old pop superstar has signed a contract with X Factor. “There’s been a lot of back and forth over the past few weeks as they negotiated the small details, but she’s on,” a source told E! News. “It’s all completed and Britney is beyond excited.”
On April 11, a source close to the negotiations told Us the “Till the World Ends” singer will get $16 million for doing the show. “No paperwork has actually been signed yet,” the source explained at the time. “But they finally came to terms. It was a long negotiation… Britney was a natural fit.”
An insider now tells E! News, “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.”
[From Us Weekly]
Honest to God question: If Britney’s mental problems are so severe that she can’t even do her own press – nevermind that she’s still under a comprehensive conservatorship in which her fiancée and her father make all of the day-to-day decisions for her – how will she be able to function as a reality-show judge? Don’t get me wrong, I understand the upside to this – Britney gets to stay in one place, she gets tons of money, she gets to “work” and be seen and she gets to meet people. I guess Simon Cowell also thinks that “of course Britney will f–k up” and that it will be good television. All of which is a cruel calculation, I think.
Photos courtesy of WENN.
Written by Kaiser
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