The show’s producer, Simon Cowell, apparently doesn’t like the singer’s calmed-down and saner behavior, US Weekly reports. Cowell wanted the tabloid-fodder Spears, sources inside the show report, and not the more adult version that has been on the show. Spears’ $15 million salary is likely to be a factor, as well.
Also rumored to be getting the ax is young actress and singer Demi Lovato. While she was hired to fill her judge’s chair for the long-term, producers say that having her on the show just isn’t working out.
The show, appearing on Fox and finishing just its second season, has hired and fired many judges. Celebs as diverse as Paula Adbul, Nicole Scherzinger, Cheryl Cole and L.A. Reid have already come and gone.
X-Factor, one of several programs where aspiring performers get to compete for prizes and attention, is Cowell’s follow-up to his incredibly successful American Idol show.