I've never been a fan of The X Factor, but when I first heard that Britney Spears was joining the show as a judge I was like, sweet, they hired the wackiest chick in the entertainment biz. What'll Brit-Brit do? Shave her head? Hit the contestants with an umbrella? Flash her crotch, talk in an inexplicable British accent, and pound a bag of Cheetos while gyrating around with an albino python? My god, the options are endless! I AM TOTALLY GOING TO WATCH THAT CRAPPY-LOOKING SHOW SO HARD NOW!
Of course, she did none of these things, because this is the New Britney Spears. The well-behaved, vagina-covering, Purple-Drank-abstaining Britney Spears. The possibly heavily medicated Britney Spears.
Sadly for viewers, the new Britney Spears is … well, kind of boring. So boring, in fact, word on the street is that she's about to lose her X Factor gig. According to a source, producers are seriously pissed they paid her $15 million to "to say 'amazing' and offer half-claps."
No one's confirming anything yet, but I wouldn't be remotely surprised to see Britney get the boot. These singing competition shows can't seem to settle on long-term judges for anything, and maybe that's on purpose -- swapping out judges each season keeps viewers coming back just to see if the new faces add anything new to the increasingly tired format. Plus, the never-ending rumor-mongering creates free press for the shows. I mean, did you hear that an West African manatee is going to join American Idol? They're supposedly making a special tank and everything!*
(*Total bullshit. OR IS IT???)
Still, it's got to be way more fun when you have all the power in your contract negotiations because you're such a popular judge. In Britney's case, fellow judge and show co-creator Simon Cowell is reportedly more than a little disappointed in the blah Britney he hired, and plans to hand over her pink slip any day now.
Poor Britney, if this was supposed to be her big comeback it really didn't work in her favor. On the other hand, she pulled in $15 MILLION DOLLARS for one season's worth of sitting her non-crazy ass in a chair. Hello, winning. And while she may not be remembered for the energy she put into her judging, her facial expressions made history:
The girl has really put her best face forward – and by "best," we mean worst. She cringes, she pouts, she gasps, she stares vapidly, and she constantly makes duckface at the camera. But no look was more priceless than the face she made when it was revealed that Fifth Harmony beat out Emblem3 for a spot in the finale.
Are you surprised that Britney Spears might be getting fired from X Factor? Do you think she earned her paycheck this season?
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