Earlier this week, “Extra” confirmed that Britney Spears and Demi Lovato will join Simon Cowell as judges on the second season of “The X Factor,” premiering this fall on Fox. Up until this week, rumored judges included LeAnn Rimes, Miley Cyrus, Fergie, Gwen Stefani and Janet Jackson. Considering first season’s judges Paula Abdul and Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger were fired by Cowell himself, we can’t say we’re too enthused about what this could mean for the future of Britney’s career.
Does becoming a judge on a reality talent show mark you has a “has-been?” Let’s hope not, for Britney’s sake. At the ripe age of 30, she’s got plenty of good years left in her (just ask Madonna) and is still worth plenty in pop star gold. Britney is reportedly making a cool $15 million for a single season. Brit seems pretty excited about the announcement — she even tweeted a pic of all four judges saying, “I’m so excited about this whole experience … I’m ready to find a true star.”
While 2011 was a particularly fruitful year for Brit (with the success of “Femme Fatale,” making her the second artist in history to have two consecutive singles debut at No. 1), this whole “X Factor” thing is making me nervous! She better get back into the studio after this x-capade (I know, sorry).
But all things Britney aside, judging “X Factor” could be just what dear Demi Lovato needs. At 19, she’s experienced more emotional suffering than most do in a lifetime. Since her childhood, she’s been a victim of bullying, eating disorders, an estranged father, bi-polar disorder, a Jonas brother break up and rehab for self-injury. The past two years, especially, have not been easy and 2012 sounds like a good time to pick up and get back in a positive spotlight.
Lovato must agree. In March, she released a MTV documentary called “Stay Strong,” where she opened up about her time in rehab. The day of the big “X Factor” announcement she was quoted saying, “I’m excited to represent my generation, and I’m ready to find the winner!” All good vibes coming from a girl who’s going to be making 1/15 of Britney’s reported salary. This experience will be good for her well-being, don’t you think?
Oh and hey, do you live in or around Austin, Texas? You could have the opportunity to catch Britney Spears, Demi Lovato, Simon Cowell and fellow “X-Factor” judge L.A. Reid in May 24 and 25, where they’ll be picking finalists for the new season. Print free tickets here.
Allison Berger is a Philadelphia-based writer and a pop music columnist for Reverb. Check out more of her writing here.