Britney to be the new X-Factor judge.
Well, it seems like it’s official. After a whole bunch of negotiations, a meeting with a judge, and enough time for the majority of the Britney fanbase to forget that it was ever a rumour in the first place, Brit Brit is set to be the new X-Factor judge in the U.S.
She’ll get $15 million for the gig, which makes her the highest paid judge on reality television. She beat out J-Lo’s American Idol deal by 3 million.
I don’t know how to feel about this. See, my initial reaction is ‘I get to see Britney on TV every week, awesome!’ with a bunch of smiley faced emoticons to express myself, but there’s a nagging feeling in my gut telling me not to get my hopes up too much.
I don’t know how many of you have followed Britney’s career over the years, but this video pretty much sums up the entire Femme Fatale era:
Basically, since her breakdown, she’s spent the majority of her time in front of a camera reading cue cards and repeating answers for questions approved by her team far in advance of Britney ever having to open her mouth. Now, don’t get me wrong, that’s fair enough. She’s never been the hugest fan of doing interviews, and why would you be when you spent your teen years (and well into your twenties) being constantly asked about your sex life because of an answer you gave to a question when you were seventeen. But if this is how she is in interviews where the questions have all been pre-approved, how’s she going to go on live television every week?
Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy about it and I’ll absolutely watch every single week just to see her… but I want it to go well. I want to see the Britney that I’m a fan of, not the lifeless talking puppet who’s going to call every performance ‘really cool, you know’. The thing is, Britney’s perfect for X-Factor. No, she doesn’t have the strongest voice, but there’s something about her that’s made her an icon for a generation, and she has more experience in dealing with the pitfalls of fame than, arguably, the majority of Hollywood, let alone the ones who are celebrity judges.
I guess we’ll see how it goes. Until then, here’s one of my favourite interviews, from 2003, showing the personality that I would love to see come back out on X-Factor: