Yesterday we learned the glorious news that our dear Britney Spears has signed on officially to judge the forthcoming second season of The X Factor. Today we get to hear from Brit a bit about her new gig … and we also get to hear from Simon Cowell, who tells Extra that he wasn’t sure the Britney deal would get signed until it was actually signed. Click below to watch video of Britney and co. commenting on the new X Factor job and read what Simon had to say about the deal that took FOREVER to close.
Squeee! I’m still so excited for this X Factor thing. I couldn’t give a hoot about the show before now. I’m not gonna lie, my interest lies solely in the fact that Britney is a new judge. I’m a faithful fan now, trust:
As for Simon, it’s clear he’s been a big Britney fan for a long time. And despite his uncertainty that the deal would get done, I’m sure he is happy now that Britney signed on the dotted line:
“Right up until today, I wasn’t 100 percent sure it was going to happen or not.” Terri asked why it took so long, and Simon explained, “Because when you’re negotiating with people like that who are big stars, you don’t just sign the contract overnight. There’s stuff you’ve got to sort out.” Cowell remembered talking with Britney and her manager early on. “I remember her manager, Larry, saying, ‘Britney wants to speak to you’ and about a week had passed and she got on the phone and said ‘Simon, I want to tell you I’m in, and we have a deal.’ [Her manager] said, ‘We haven’t quite got a deal yet!”… She spoke too soon.” Does Simon think he’ll have chemistry with Britney? “Oh she’ll love me!” laughed Cowell. Terri asked how he can be so sure. “I just know that, Terri.”
BUT, the casting work for The X Factor isn’t finished yet … they still need to find a host. Simon made it clear that he never spoke to Gwen Stefani so she’s out of the running. I guess we’ll have to wait and see which names start to get floated around again. With Britney in place, I’m set. That being said, I hope they don’t hire a lame-ass host like Avril Lavigne or someone like that. I’ll still watch for Britney, yes, but I’d prefer to watch the show with a fun host too. Who do YOU think should host The X Factor? Any ideas?
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