Britney Spears 'in final stages of $15m deal to join X Factor USA'
By Iona Kirby
15:54 EST, 11 April 2012 | UPDATED:
16:49 EST, 11 April 2012
There has been much toing and froing as to whether or not Britney Spears will in fact sign on to join on The X Factor USA for its second season.
One month ago, the superstar singer turned down a whopping $10million to become a part of the judging panel on the hit show.
But now it seems she has been offered a number she is much more comfortable with.
Lucrative: Britney has reportedly accepted a $15million offer to join The X Factor USA
The star has reportedly negotiated a $15million fee – which is even more than Jennifer Lopez haggled to appear on American Idol.
According to E! Online, multiple sources have confirmed that the singer is in the final stages of hashing out a contract.
A source told the website: ‘Both camps were back and forth on the money but now they have finally come to agreement on the fee.
‘That was the big sticking point and now, thankfully, it's been sorted. All they need to do now is work out the smaller points. The fact the money is now set, means that there is nothing stopping this from becoming a reality.’
Pleased as punch: Simon Cowell and Britney are understood to be finalising the details
The move would make her the highest paid judge on reality television, eclipsing J-Lo who landed a $12million deal to join American Idol.
The news of Britney’s appearance on the show is yet to be confirmed.
However Simon Cowell said cryptically last month on Good Morning New York: ‘You'll have to wait and see. I can't confirm or deny anything right now. The truth is, we are talking to a number of people.
There are two vacant spaces to fill alongside Simon Cowell and LA Reid after Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger were fired.
All change: Simon Cowell is looking for replacements for Nicole Scherzinger and Paula Abdul
'We're looking at a very famous singer and one very famous actress. You've gotta talk to everybody,' he also added cryptically.
To replace Welsh host Steve Jones Simon hinted he will be looking for an American star for the new series.
Glee star Darren Criss was reportedly offered – but has declined – the hosting job at The X Factor.
While it is all change for the judges, L.A. Reid has said it’s not just the panel that will be different when the show returns for its second season.
He said on Good Day LA today: ‘One way of raising the bar of the talent
Top of the pop princesses: Britney's offer would make her the highest paid judge on reality TV show, earning more than J-Lo's $12million for American Idol
we're looking for, is that we allow contestants to come in who already have managers and agents.
‘Last year they wouldn't have qualified. This year they do qualify. The whole idea here is to raise the bar for the talent we're going to find.’
He also said of working with Simon Cowell: ‘A couple times last year I thought I pushed him a little too far, because a couple days went by that he wouldn't speak to me. And then he pushed me one time and I think I may have went a week without speaking to him.
‘But all in all it's great of fun, I really have a lot of respect for Simon, and I'm happy to be doing the show again.’