Long after her "Mickey Mouse Club" days, is Britney Spears finally headed back to TV? The pop superstar is reportedly nearing a deal to become a new judge on Simon Cowell's "The X Factor," The Hollywood Reporter revealed.
According to a THR inside source, Spears' fiance Jason Trawick is negotiating the final contract, which could be signed as soon as next week.
In January, "The X Factor" axed judges Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger and host Steve Jones from the Fox singing competition series.
If Spears joins Cowell and the only other remaining judge, LA Reid at the judges' table, that leaves one more seat to fill for Season 2 of the struggling singing competition. LeAnn Rimes is reportedly in talks to judge "The X Factor," while Janet Jackson has officially declined her participation in the show.
Scherzinger recently told "Access Hollywood" that she was completely committed to the show during Season 1. "Well, all I know is that I gave 110 percent to that show," she said. "I know everybody's talking about it. They're saying good, bad, they love me or hate me, but the one thing you can't say is that I didn't give it my all."
Scherzinger was originally tapped to co-host the series alongside Jones. Bwhen British singer Cheryl Cole was abruptly fired as a judge, Scherzinger took her place at the table, and Jones was then left as the lone host of "The X Factor."
"I loved being a part of my ‘X Factor’ family," Scherzinger said. "Nothing could obviously prepare me for everything I had to go through, all the emotions and stuff, but I have no regrets."
Though no official replacements have been named, that didn't stop HuffPost TV from naming a few people we think would do well on the show in February, Britney Spears included.
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