After a disappointing second season of Simon Cowell’s bombastic talent competition, judge Britney Spears may not be invited back for another season.
According to US Weekly, an unnamed source indicates that producers are unhappy with Spears’ performance as a judge after paying her a whopping US$15 million, and hopes that the addition of Spears and Demi Lovato would increase ratings never lived up to expectations.
“The paid all that for her to say ‘amazing’ and offer half-claps,” said the source, pointing to Spears’ penchant for one-word critiques and making weird faces. Although Spears herself claimed she would return for season three, there has been no official word from Fox one way or the other. If she doesn’t return, this will leave at least two vacant seats next to Simon, as judge L.A. Reid had previously announced he wouldn’t return for a third season; the fate of Lovato is also unclear, as is job security of Mario Lopez and Khloe Kardashian, neither of whom exactly lit the world on fire as the show’s co-hosts.