Earlier this week we learned the exciting news that our dear Britney Spears was nearing a deal that would bring her on board to judge the upcoming second season of The X Factor here in the US for a reported $10 million dollars. BUT, a new report out this weekend claims that Britney has rejected the $10 million offer because she wants $20 million instead. So as it stands, if this report is to be believed, there is NO DEAL in place right now for Britney to join The X Factor … unless Team Britney and Team X Factor can meet somewhere in the middle of 20 & 10 million. HMMM. I wonder who will blink first and cave to make this deal happen.
Britney Spears has rejected a $10 million offer to host the next season of “The X Factor,” TheWrap has learned. So the question is: How much is Fox going to have to pony up? Try $20 million. Reports this week that the pop star was considering a $10 million offer to host next fall’s seasons of “The X Factor” are out of date, according to a knowledgeable individual in Spears’ camp. The singer rejected that offer three weeks ago and is instead thinking about an offer to become a resident performer at a Las Vegas hotel in the fall, a la Celine Dion. So here comes a game of chicken. Fox desperately needs a big name to announce on the judge’s panel of Simon Cowell’s show, now that NBC’s hit show “The Voice” will be competing with them in the fall. Spears’ camp wants $20 million. It’s becoming an arms race for singing talent being paid to sit behind tables and… talk. NBC has put its money where its mouth is, paying Christina Aguilera upward of $10 million to come back and judge the new season of “The Voice.” They’ve given handsome paychecks, if not as much, to the other judges as well. That pales in comparison to what Fox has shelled out for the “X Factor” judges. Paula Abdul was paid $2.5 million for the last season, according to another knowledgeable insider, and she was announced at the 11th hour. She was also fired, as were judge Nicole Scherzinger and host Steve Jones. “X Factor” is already recording its audition phase, but won’t need the judges until the end of May. What the network wants is a big piece of news to present to advertisers at their upfront sales presentations on May 14. Neither Fox, Spears’ or Cowell’s camps would comment.
I’m hearing that Britney’s people are actually going for $16 million (which is more than Jennifer Lopez got paid for judging American Idol last season and more than Christina Aguilera is getting for judging The Voice this season) and is hoping the folks at The X Factor will meet them in the middle. The only thing that bothers me about this report is that it claims Britney is going for the “hosting” gig … she is not, she is going for a judging gig. If they can’t get that part right, how can we believe the rest of the report? But absent that mistake, this report does kind of ring true. I sincerely doubt Britney is considering a Las Vegas residency … it sounds to me like that is floating around to help in the negotiations. My guess is that Britney and The X Factor will agree on a price in the $16 million dollar range. A deal like that would be win/win for both parties. I’m really holding out for this deal to get done … I really want Britney judging The X Factor next season. MAKE IT HAPPEN, PEOPLE!