According to Deadline Hollywood, Britney Spears was offered $10 million to take up a judging gig on the show. The Hollywood Reporter says the pop star’s fiancé/agent, Jason Trawick, could close a deal as early as next week.
Up to this point, Cowell’s been pretty hush-hush regarding details surrounding the deal, vaguely saying during a recent conference call, “Are we flattered there would be interest from Britney Spears? Yes.” During a later radio interview with Billy Bush, however, he did reveal a “fascination” with Spears and why he feels she’d be fit for the part.
“The fact that she’s one of the most talked about — not just pop stars but people — in the world today, means that you’ve got this star power,” Cowell said.
“This girl has resilience. I would think that if she’s managed to sustain a family, a career, which is tough, [“X Factor” would be] a walk in the park. I would be fascinated to hear what she has to say. She’s still hot, she’s still having hit records and she’s still controversial. There’s a reason for that.”
Other considered candidates include Mariah Carey and Janet Jackson, who, while flattered by the offer, had to turn it down due to other commitments. – Stephanie Long