Is Britney too tame for the X Factor? That’s what insiders of the show are saying. A source told Hot Stuff the singer isn’t earning her keep (a reported $15 million contract) and her low energy is a downer on the show.
She also didn’t help boost ratings, down 18 percent on the second season finale, which wrapped late last week.
The timing couldn’t be worse with judge L.A. Reid announcing his departure earlier this month. That just leaves Demi Lovato and Simon Cowell as judges.
It would appear to be a string of bad luck for the show, which has already been through numerous judges in the past two seasons (Nicole Scherzinger, Cheryl Cole, and Paula Abdul).
Co-creator Simon Cowell is said to be the leading force in the decision to axe Spears. “He wanted crazy Britney, but he got boring Britney.”
This is not a good time for Spears personally either, with gossip surrounding her engagement to fiancé Jason Trawick said to be on the rocks.