The X Factor USA: Britney Spears will not return for season three
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The X Factor USA is in chaos again. Britney Spears has quit the Fox reality show.
Britney's future on the reality singing competition looked cloudy as her first season came to a close. In December, we reported that Britney was facing the axe as producers held crisis discussions around the show. But after flagging ratings and heavy criticism for her robotic performance as a mentor, Britney's X Factor career is now etched in stone.
The official line is that Britney wants to focus on her music as she works with "inspiring producers" on her new album.
The unofficial line is very different. Simon Cowell and the network were not considering Britney for a role on the third season panel. She came with a $15 million price-tag and she didn't give much in the way of constructive criticism; critics of the show dubbed her performance "bland" and "lifeless".
"The producers hadn't planned for Britney to return this year," admitted a source close to the show.
"Britney loves Simon, she likes Demi Lovato but her thing is music."
Another source told EntertainmentWeekly: "She did her best last season, but they have been planning a new judging line-up over the holiday period. She was never going to be part of those discussions. She did her best and they had fun last year, but it’s no surprise to anyone that they were all going to be parting company. It wasn't even really a conversation.
And a third source seemingly confirmed Demi's fate: "I don't think Demi will continue on either. She had some super heated clashes with Simon and she also wants to return to singing. It looks like season three will be a complete reboot. A fresh start for everyone."