Might the next season of The X Factor go on sans Britney Spears? It sounds like that's a very real possibility and sources are sharing the reasons why.
According to a report from RadarOnline, Britney's been great on the show, but she simply uses up way too much of the budget to bring her back for another season.
"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 says. "Those numbers add up to cost cutting and Britney will be expendable."
The ratings so far this season definitely don't warrant her $15 million salary.
"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," the source explains. "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."
Judges' salaries will be the first significant cuts made in order to spend less on producing season three of The X Factor. Does that mean Demi Lovato is in danger of being cut as well? Not likely, since her salary doesn't even come close to Britney's $15 million. And it's quite certain that Simon Cowell can find another big-name judge for way less than Britney's salary--probably someone more on par with what Demi is making.
Here's a big question, however, and one that could determine the beginning of the end of The X Factor if the answer is 'yes.' Is Britney Spears responsible for at least a portion of the viewers who are tuning in to The X Factor this season? And if she is cut from season three does that mean even fewer viewers will watch the competition? If that proves true, season four might be nothing more than a pipe dream.
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