Amidst much tabloid speculation, ‘Toxic’ tinwoman Britney Spears is reportedly set to close a deal with Simon Cowell that will see her occupy a seat on next season’s X Factor USA to the tune of a cool $15 million.
Replacing fellow pop starlets Nicole Scherzinger and Paula Abdul, the deal, which insiders expect to be announced in the coming days, will make Spears the second highest paid reality talent show judge ever – bested only by Jennifer Lopez‘s hefty $20 million payout for this year’s ‘American Idol’.
While some argue the move screams of desperation on behalf of Cowell, the addition of Spears will undoubtedly spark interest in the show which saw unfavorable ratings in its first American season. But, what about Britney?
Whereas most stars have used talent shows as a vehicle to reignite their own stalled careers, Spears has not exactly had to rely on such backing for her career (which has been fairly steady over its decade-and-a-half long tenure).
And, of course, there are those who cite Spears own lack of singing ability as disqualification for judging material. But, clearly, that’s never been at the top of the criteria (see: Paula Abdul).
Now you weigh in: Is X Factor a sinking ship regardless of whose onboard? Or will the possibility of a rebooted Spears (‘X Factor’) rivalry with Christina Aguilera (‘The Voice’) get fans tuned in? Simply put, with all things considered:
Should Britney Spears join X Factor USA?