No offense to Nicole Scherzinger or Paula Abdul, but Simon Cowell just scored himself a serious upgrade for his X Factor judging panel. Britney Spears has reportedly signed a contract to appear as a judge on the televised reality show, reports E! Online. Spears signed the deal this week, securing herself $15 million for one season’s work, making her the highest paid judge in reality TV.
“She’s ready for this,” an insider says. “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. This is the perfect next stage in her career. Both Britney and Simon are very excited to work together.” We’re just excited at the possibility of Britney finally being able to fully speak her mind, even if it results in not-so-eloquent bon mots.
This will be Britney’s first project in television since her 2005 reality show Britney And Kevin: Chaotic, which lasted only five episodes on UPN. The singer’s fiance Jason Trawick, who was recently appointed her co-conservator, will also be joining the The X Factor has a producer.
Cowell is still looking for a fourth judge to join him, Spears and L.A. Reid on the panel. Both Miley Cyrus and Demi Lovato have been mentioned as possible contenders, though neither singer’s reps have confirmed or denied their possible involvement in the show.
Does Britney’s involvement in the show make you want to tune into The X Factor‘s second season?