The speculation surrounding Britney Spears' rumored "X Factor" deal continued Thursday as reports suggest that the pop star has signed a contract to officially be a judge on the reality competition.
According to E!, Spears is set to join season 1 holdovers Simon Cowell and L.A. Reid when "The X Factor" returns to Fox in the fall.
The site reports that the pop star signed a deal this week to get $15 million for one season. A source tells E! that there's been "a lot of back and forth over the past few weeks as they negotiated small details, but she's on. It's all completed and Britney is beyond excited."
Spears' name has been one of the constants on the ever evolving list of stars Simon Cowell's said to be considering for the show. Earlier this year, season 1 "X Factor" judges Nicole Scherzinger and Paula Abdul were dismissed from the show, and since then Cowell and his fellow judge Reid have said that they were looking primarily for two women who already had that "X" factor.
LeAnn Rimes, Miley Cyrus, Demi Lovato, Avril Lavigne, Katy Perry and Janet Jackson have all been mentioned as rumored options in addition to Spears, although Jackson confirmed that she had to pass.
Neither Spears' rep nor Fox is currently commenting on the reports that the pop star's sealed the deal, but if it's true, that would leave one spot open for another judge. (Cowell's also said he's on the hunt for two new hosts to replace prior host Steve Jones.)
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