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Britney Spears

Closing $15 MILLION Deal

To Judge 'X Factor'

4/18/2012 9:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Britney Spears and X Factor have struck a deal
Britney Spears
and "X Factor" have struck a deal that will line the singer's pocket to the tune of $15 million for next season ... TMZ has learned.

We're told Britney's team and "X Factor" big wigs are working out "the fine points" of the deal, but the major terms are locked. 

Once the final contract is drafted and signed ... it will go to Jamie Spears, Britney's daddy and conservator, as well as lawyers for the conservatorship. If they sign off, it must then go to the judge who oversees the conservatorship for approval.

Sources connected with the deal tell us ... it's a "virtual certainty" everyone will sign off. By the way, we're told Jason Trawick is "very involved" in the negotiations.

Simon Cowell, the "X Factor" Executive Producer, told us on TMZ Live Tuesday, "I would love to have her on the show. I think she would be a fascinating person to sit next to." Simon said they may make an announcement within a week.

Britney would fill one of two vacant seats on the judging panel. She's also way more expensive than the castoffs -- Nicole Scherzinger reportedly pulled in $1.5 million, while Paula Abdul raked in $2.5 mil.

"X Factor" refused to confirm or deny our story.

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31.

Truth    

HERE'S THE REAL DEAL HOW THIS #EPICFAIL WILL GO DOWN. COWELL WILL SURROUND BRIT BRIT WITH TONS OF TOP INDUSTRY PROFESSIONALS - YOU KNOW, PEOPLE WHO REALLY KNOW HOW TO JUDGE TALENT AND MENTOR - WHILST BRIT BRIT SITS AND DO NOTHING SAYING AS LITTLE AS POSSIBLE (EDITED OF COURSE).
#TRUTH!!

836 days ago
32.

itstrue    

Where does the average person, trying to just get by by hoping they don't lose a 30,000 a year job -- identify in anyway with 15 million dollars being paid to someone who has to be told to pee, unable to testify in court because she's mentally deficient in some way, has a future husband petitioning to be her "handler" legally, and who's father is in charge of her finances? Am I a hater, no, a jealous person, no...just very frustrated with the inequities of life. I've never watched this show and never will, so take all of your money and throw it at her. I imagine people will watch for a week or two to watch her say inane words that cost about 10000 per...and will then get bored...ala Jessica Simpson's "fashion" show. Meanwhile, most of us will just plod on to make ends meet.

836 days ago
33.

pat    

The show is tanking big time. This is why we are seeing his face so much these days. He's really trying to stir up the pot for ratings.


As for Spears, what is she going to say? How to not get tired when lip-synching? Totally ridiculous.

Smells like the end for x-factor.

836 days ago
34.

Fat Mike    

Simon just wants to bang her

836 days ago
35.

campy    

I hope she has to shave her dome for the show. Otherwise what's the point?

836 days ago
36.

Jay W.     

Exciting News !

836 days ago
37.

McKenna    

Britney has been doing very well in the past year. She had a tour and an album, both did well. She hasn't had any scandals lately. I think that depending on the way the show goes this year, this could either make people slowly gain back their respect for her, or she could completely mess up and could be the worst decision for her career. I think she has been surrounded by the right people to bring her back from the dark hole she was in in 2007.

836 days ago
38.

Minnetonka40    

Good move. Should bring in more viewers.

836 days ago
39.

Jeff Portlance    

I wanna hear Spears sing without an effects machine behind her voice. She has no real singing voice. 10 years ago she was about the "Eye Candy/sex" appeal. She cannot sing. I'm not a hater of Spears, I'm just trying to understand what her non-singing voice appeal is to people.

836 days ago
40.

Robert    

So a celebrity with absolutely no talent is judging a talent show? Britney does not sing live, does not sing on her albums(google Harold Rollins & Britney), and can't dance. Yet she is judging talent?

836 days ago
41.

Brian    

At least corporate CEOs do something to merit those large checks. Anyone care to kvetch about overpaid celebs?

836 days ago
42.

Mary    

Britney Spears and X Factor? Well, why not. On the other hand, does she have much to say?

836 days ago
43.

Mikey    

Whats wrong with that show is the way they shoot it. No one wants to watch judges and audiences reactions while a contest is singing. They want the watch the performance. And when you show the performance we don't wanna see the back of there head of extreme close ups of nose hairs.

835 days ago
44.

rosa    

seriously Simon? I could give sh!t about Britney. Excuse me I have to go. Need to go take a sh!t now lol.

835 days ago
45.

rosa    

Again its Britney against Christina. That was so yesterday.

835 days ago
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