Britney Spears’ stay on Fox’s “The X Factor” appears destined to be a short one, according to a new report by Us Weekly. The magazine reports that Spears is on the way out of the singing competition.
The show wrapped up season two on Dec. 20, and an insider told the publication, "Britney will get the boot." The source adds: "Producers wanted her for the long haul, but it isn’t working."
Spears joined the show in May, along with Demi Lovato. Said another source, Spears has been too low-energy, and hasn’t proved to be worth her $15 million contract. Said the source: "They paid all that for her to say ‘amazing’ and offer half-claps.”
The report notes: “Adds a third source [talking about] show co-creator Simon Cowell, who is leading the charge to axe the performer: ‘He wanted crazy Britney, but he got boring Britney.’"
The show has been a revolving door for its judges and mentors during its two seasons, with those coming and going including Paula Abdul, Nicole Scherzinger and Cheryl Cole. Earlier this month, L.A. Reid also announced his plans to exit the show.
“Spears is likely next on the chopping block, but Cowell, 53, hasn’t always had it out for her,” the piece notes. “During a conference call in October, he told reporters that she had been ‘a lot better than everybody thought … She’s very engaged … She has been, I think, a very, very good judge.’"