“The X Factor” finally has the superstar judge that Simon Cowell has been maneuvering to land for the Fox show, E! News reports.
Britney Spears has signed a $15 million deal to join the show as a judge for one season, the story says. The deal has been rumored for weeks, as we reported last month.
The E! story reports that the show reached an agreement in principle with Spears weeks ago, and the past few days have been about working out the details.
The report cites a source close to Spears saying: "The contract is signed. There’s been a lot of back and forth over the past few weeks as they negotiated the small details, but she’s on. It’s all completed and Britney is beyond excited."
The story adds: “Cowell blew up the show’s cast at the end of its inaugural season, firing judges Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger and host Steve Jones. Since then, he’s been searching for the perfect panel in hopes of boosting the show’s second-season ratings.”
Spears will join Cowell and L.A. Reid on the judging panel, the report notes.