Y’all know you were hype when you heard that Britney Spears was one of the new judges on The X Factor‘s US incarnation. The princess of pop dealing with hopeful singers – many of whom (at least during the audition process) are a total mess? What’s not to love? Fox was on the same page – hence the reason they hired her for the panel, hoping to increase the stagnant ratings of the show’s first season. There’s just one problem: it didn’t work.
Britney has been… well, slightly less than stellar. Some have pointed out that she seems uninvested in her acts, while others note how uncomfortable she seems giving feedback to young artists and addressing the camera during the live broadcasts. It’s also had the exact opposite effect on the number of viewers tuning in – according to The Daily Star (so take it with a grain of salt), the show is clocking about eight million viewers weekly, compared to the 12 million from its inaugural outing. Ouch.
While the rumours of Britney’s forthcoming pink slip have yet to be confirmed, it’s certainly possible that we won’t be seeing her on the panel next year. Is that a good thing or a bad thing? After all, we’ll always have ‘Boys’ (inarguably one of the best Britney songs) to keep us warm at night.