Plus, Dermot O’Leary has a little dig at The Voice, and Kelly Rowland “unlikely” to return to the show
Over the last few months, it would’ve been easier to report on who hadn’t been considered as replacements for Paula Abdul and Nichole Shirtswinger on the X Factor USA judging panel…
However, today, it’s been reported that thanks to her boyfriend and manager, Jason Trawick, Britney Spears has landed a whopping deal worth £9.3million to place her behind in one of those judges’ seats, and insiders say the deal is in “the final stages” with everything to be finalized any minute now.
But thrashing out the deal has not been plain sailing for Britney who, following her very public meltdown in 2008, has actually had very little say over her own life…
At the time, her father was given power of attorney over her financial affairs, but it seems that Jason – who’s credited for Britney’s rather spectacular comeback – now has the powers that Britney’s dad formerly had.
A source close to Britney and Jason told The Sun, “Unlike her dad Jamie, Jason is comfortable in the world of showbiz.
“He will be able to make crucial decisions — although he won’t be getting involved in who to vote off.”
However, somewhat predictably, an X Factor spokesman refused to confirm or deny the Britney deal.
In other X Factor news, Dermot O’Leary has had a little dig at rival talent show The Voice, saying that the BBC1 show doesn’t give acts such as Jedward a chance…
And while many of us might applaud that they don’t, it has to be said that despite having no discernible talent and being the most annoying creatures on the planet, Jedward have done very nicely thank you out of the X Factor.
Speaking to TV Biz, Dermot said, “Everyone who goes on those shows does so to be judged and maybe an even harsher critique is someone not turning around.
“It is what it is. You can’t complain if you don’t like what you hear. Well you can and usually it’s to me!
“The most important thing is to have fun on the shows. And just because auditionees are a bit strange, it doesn’t mean they are not good.
“I like the fact we are about the package. I like that we get acts like Johnny Robinson who look ridiculous, but it doesn’t mean they can’t sing.”
Dermot added that he’s not surprised that many of the acts on The Voice have turned out to be X Factor rejects.
He said, “It just shows there aren’t many avenues to make it in the music industry.”
Finally today, it’s been speculated that Kelly Rowland most likely won’t be back on the judges’ panel of the UK show this year.
The first auditions for this year’s show kick off on May 15th, and so far, Kelly hasn’t signed up to return.
A show source said, “There’s a chance she could come back, but it looks increasingly slim.
“Money demands are not the main factor. Kelly didn’t connect with the audience as well as people hoped.”
Would you like to have seen Kelly back? I wouldn’t to be honest, she got completely on my wick! But I wonder who’s going to replace her?
More X Factor news soon!