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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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76.

lloydd6    

gosh her eyebrows really ruin an otherwise pleasant look

862 days ago
77.

R    

This is one girl I just feel so sorry for. I feel like everyone in her life sees her as nothing more than a cash cow. She doesn't look right anymore. She seems like she is being held together by a lot of meds. This lifestyle has really stolen her soul.

862 days ago
78.

jjh    

will not even try to watch the show again Britney or not. I like her but really can't see her as a good judge. Good luck AGAIN Simon, Bet Paula is so over you now. And hey buddy a one night stand REALLY ??? That us just sad. OMG !!!!!

862 days ago
79.

Scotty    

What a JOKE!?!?! She can't sing OR carry a tune, yet she's going to judge others singing??? I don't get it!

862 days ago
80.

Bikers-Buzz    

WOW $15 million... and Paula only got $2.5?
http://www.bikers-buzz.com

861 days ago
81.

VOUDOU    

I had faith after the firings of the waterheads, but now we have more proof that Simons pulse on what the public wants is way way way off. This is another failed season.

861 days ago
82.

INeedFacebookFriends.com    

its going to be like, "yall are real good. yall will make a great album. do it like me yall. autotune is a miracle. without it I would be working a truck stop in Louisiana, yall"

861 days ago
83.

jeff    

Give a 15 million dollar job to somebody that can't even sing, judging people on a singing contest? madonna can't sing(that's why she lipsynchs). That being said, madonna is a way better singer than britney. Both manufactured by hollywood producers with very little talent. As long as you can dance a little, that's all that matters. Your dance routine in the video is more important than the song itself. britney's voice sounds like a backround singer on all of her songs I've heard. Big bass in your face and her mumbling in the back. NO TALENT judging people on talent?

861 days ago
84.

im1rarebird    

We all sit at home and judge these types of contest with way less experience than Ms. Spears. IJS

861 days ago
85.

Sue    

Disgusting overpaid egomaniacs. America, we gotta not support this insanity when there are so many people in need. Britney got herself into her mess by taking all the drugs she could take and it fried her brain. It is disgusting how her family is wheeling and dealing her money and putting her to work when she isn't allowed to do anything for herself. This is pitiful on everyone's part. Simon, your career is over.

861 days ago
86.

Fred    

Hmmmm.. I thought it was awful with teh two dummies they had on last year - Now they are going to have a lip syncer do the judging AND A MENTOR?! Did they know that mentor doesn't mean mentally and talently challenged?!?!?!

861 days ago
87.

Lynn    

wow why her? She has no personality and is still a wreck. I won't be watching this show anymore.

861 days ago
88.

carla     

This is a joke! Everyone knows Britney can't sing. She only know how to lip-sync.

861 days ago
89.

Dr Hardwicke    

Ms Spears,
Please do yourself and the world a favor, you are like a carton of milk than is way past it's Expiration Date.
You are too heavy and too old to be doing this. Why not start a show where you wait tables for a living?
Call it Granny's Cafe and you play granny?

861 days ago
90.

maya     

britney is lovely girl for tv and she has some experince as performer and she sing little bit and moreover she is a superstar isnt she? so she deserve to be in x factor but to me xtina is better for sure

861 days ago
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