Britney Spears is fearing getting the X Factor axe. The American recording artist and entertainment, well known for her single ‘Baby One More Time’ does worry that she will be let go from the reality show. The star apparently expressed her worries to her fellow judge Demi Lovato.
“Britney was in Demi’s dressing room, crying her eyes out because she’s cracking under the strain of producers constantly coaching her on how to be more outgoing, talkative and constructive on-camera. ‘They hate me,’ Britney wailed, saying she knows she won’t be back next season,” a source told American tabloid the National Enquirer.
“Demi tried to comfort her – saying it was all in her head – but it’s not, of course, because despite the coaching, Britney continues to come across as stiff and boring.
“And whenever she sees the execs huddling and talking in hushed tones, she thinks they’re conspiring to get rid of her!”
Recent reports do claim that Spears’s contract may under the hammer as producers would like to try to reduce the show’s budget next season as they feel shelling out fifteen million dollars over low ratings.
“Producers were hoping to pull in between 15-20 million viewers but the show hasn’t reached those expectations and in a recent episode that clashed with the World Series only 5.7 million watched,” a source said.
“Those numbers add up to cost cutting and Britney will be expendable. So, considering Fox has already renewed The X Factor for a third season, producers will be looking to spend less on the production of the show, including the judges’ salaries.
“Britney, who was signed on a one-year deal, is the first person who will be expected to have her salary chopped. She is on a $15 million contract, which is absurd given that there’s been no huge surge in the ratings.
“Problem is, when Britney signed that contract she expected to make more if an extension for a third season was agreed. That won’t be the case now, and it is highly unlikely Britney will accept a pay decrease.
“It just doesn’t make sense to spend all that money on Britney when Simon Cowell will undoubtedly be able to find another high-profile judge to replace her at a fraction of the cost.”
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