After Britney Spears’ “walk off” or “short break” (depending who you talk to) during the first day of auditions for ‘The X Factor,’ is Simon Cowell questioning the decision to hire the pop superstar as a judge?
Britney has brushed off the rumors that she walked out on the show, citing that she just needed a short break and adding that she was having the time of her life. But when it comes to her judging style, some are questioning the decision to pay her $15 million for her first season on the panel.
A witness close to the show tells Us Magazine that while other judges, Simon Cowell, L.A. Reid, and Demi Lovato, critiqued contestants based on their ability, Britney “always said nice things, even telling one mediocre singer he could be ‘bigger than Justin Bieber.’ adding that “Simon was shocked!”
Another X Factor insider countered that statement to the mag, saying, “Simon doesn’t regret hiring Britney, and as a judge, she had strong opinions,’ the first source cautions, “I don’t know how she’s going to handle the live shows!”
From a ratings standpoint there’s no way you can question having one of the biggest names in the biz on the panel. Even Paula Abdul’s soft critiquing lasted 8 years on American Idol, however it wasn’t without much criticism.
The X-Factor premieres this Summer on FOX, and it will be interesting to see Britney in action.