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Britney Spears

Closing $15 MILLION Deal

To Judge 'X Factor'

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

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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From Paula to Britney, what is with Simon and psychotic Women? Geez!

884 days ago


What a friggin waste of money. If she wasn't already, she's now the richest hillbilly hick chick in history.

884 days ago


I've just lost a lot of respect for Simon Cowell. Britney Spears as a judge? She's manufactured - not a professionally trained singer. How about someone like Pink, Gloria Estefan, Beyonce, Queen Latifah .. the list goes on. There are so many more to choose from that are certainly more qualified and probably a lot more charismatic

884 days ago

Eric C    

What people fail to realize is that EVERY SINGER in this generation is auto tuned. Sure, people like Adele and Jessie J have AMAZING voices. Britney's REAL voice is unique (see "Strangest Love" and "Ouch" on youtube). She knows the INs and Outs of the business and knows what it takes to be the X FACTOR. She has it all! So, I say BRAVO to her for judging not just a SINGING competition but for coaching these contestants for the REAL LIFE of being in the industry!

884 days ago

Pudding Tang    

but she'll only be able to judge arm dancing!!!

884 days ago

all about the money    

For a show that didn't meet expectations last year, how does Simon have 15mil to throw away on judge talent? Is he laundering money or something? Wasn't that impressed with the show last season and if Brit is going to be a judge this season, only serves as yet another reason to not bother watching this go around.

884 days ago

King of TMZ    

Yes to X Factor withOUT Simon

Bring Back Cheryl or get out Simon Hasbeen Cow

884 days ago


Simon seems to like to sit beside incompetent people because it probably builds up his self esteem. I don't think he wants to admit that X Factor was a fail and cannot come near Idol. If he throws Britney in, he thinks everyone will have to watch to see what she will do. However, that will be short lived, laughed at, and will destroy ANY integrity the show did have, which was very little. Sorry for him that he threw 15 million dollars away. It is obvious America is getting sick of this. This is a huge, embarrassing fail.

884 days ago


Why would they want a lip-syncing hillbilly??? Oh ya, it's a lip-syncing karaoke contest.

884 days ago


Talent should judge talent. Talent is not lip syncing at your concerts, period. I still can't believe people pay to see her "live"...

884 days ago


But...she can not even sing!!!!! I mean yes, she is a super star and has an empire...but that is not based on singing talent- how can she possibly be a legitimate judge-let alone coach??? Have mercy....

884 days ago

Jim in Cali    

This is going to be awesome. Brit is going to be eating those Cheetos and drinking her Fraps from Starbucks on the show. Can't wait.

884 days ago


Simon is blaming the OTHER judges for the lower viewer numbers for X Factor. But the concept is played out and the Voice is just a better idea. American Idol sucks, but it is the original. Watch him blame Britney this time.

884 days ago

Jim in Cali    

Can Paula sing? Can Jlo sing? Again its just judging, I'm sure Brit can pick out the next Adele if she showed up on X-Factor.

Besides other than maybe 3 or 4 people from Idol, does anyone hear from these contestants or winners again? Not sure why people get so upset about these things. Its a TV show for entertainment. Its not like Britney or the rest of the judges are making decisions that will affect the music industry or world peace.

884 days ago


I am glad to see her get a job too but....I can a woman who cant think for herself and needs others to think FOR her be a "judge" of anything? At least she has talent and is a real celebrity!

884 days ago
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