There are certain people in the media who keep pushing the idea that Britney Spears is going to be a judge on “The X Factor” U.S., but mark my words: It’s not going to happen. The most that Spears might do for the show is to be a guest performer or guest mentor.
Quite frankly, Spears being a permanent judge on the show would be a disaster because Spears does not have the personality to handle rejecting hundreds of contestants. It’s one of the reasons why Nicole Scherzinger (whose tearful meltdowns and ditzy comments became a common occurrence in almost every episode) was so universally disliked by TV critics and “X Factor” viewers.
It’s the same reason why soft-spoken Janet Jackson would not work well as an “X Factor” judge either. Former “X Factor” U.S. judge Paula Abdul cried a lot of the show too, and now she is fired from the show, along with Scherzinger.
What seemed to annoy people wasn’t so much all the crying but the wishy-washy way that Abdul and Scherzinger handled eliminating contestants. And this flaw isn’t a “female thing” because Christina Aguilera of “The Voice” has been able to make confident decisions about rejecting contestants without having crying fits over it.
The bottom line is that a famous name does not guarantee that someone would make a great “X Factor” judge.
“The X Factor” executive producer Simon Cowell and other “X Factor” bosses probably know that Spears would be a terrible mismatch as an “X Factor” judge, but they are smart enough to know that it’s not hurting the show to get all this publicity that Spears might be interested in being an “X Factor” judge. So they’re not going to say anything negative about it, at least publicly.
Cowell commented on the Spears rumor Billy Bush’s self-titled radio show on February 24, 2012. A portion of the interview was televised on “Access Hollywood Live” on February 28, 2012:
“I’m fascinated by her. The fact that she’s still one of the most-talked-about not just pop stars but people in the world today means you’ve got this star power. This girl’s got resilience. And the fact that she’s survived this, and she’s still hot, and she’s still having hit records, and she’s still controversial. there’s a reason for that. I would think that if she’s managed to sustain a family life, a career, which is tough, this [being on ‘The X Factor’] is a walk in the park.”
Actually, it’s really like comparing apples and oranges. Spears’ parenting skills really aren’t the issue here because whatever she does as a mother who has survived multiple psychiatric hospitalizations, that is not done for a TV show with an audience millions. The real issue here is how she can handle doing the hard parts of being an “X Factor” judge. It doesn’t take a genius to know that Spears would not handle it well at all because she’s too sensitive.
Another major red flag that Spears would be a horrible “X Factor” judge is that she has chosen to do very few interviews since her notorious meltdowns in 2007 and 2008. You can’t have a media-shy person as an “X Factor” judge because it would be detrimental to the show. It’s a huge mistake to think that it would be good for the show to have a judge who is not willing to handle the barrage of media interviews that come with being an “X Factor” judge. The limited number of interviews that Spears has done in the past few years have had their content dictated/approved by her handlers — which is something most media outlets will not agree to do because it compromises the reporting of the story.
The way Spears has been trying to tightly control her interviews with the media is just not going to work for anyone who has to be an “X Factor” judge. It’s very unlikely that Spears will change her interview policy for “The X Factor,” and the show just isn’t going to pay her the kind of money that she would probably demand.
Although many of Spears’ fans might love to see her as an “X Factor” judge, it takes more than a celebrity name or showbiz experience to be a great judge on the show. It also takes a certain personality that can handle constantly rejecting contestants and dealing with the often-heated battles with the other judges. And Spears just doesn’t have that kind of personality.