Last year, I attended a special Q&A and screening of the first episode of X Factor’s second season at Grauman’s Chinese Theater, and the atmosphere was one of absolute bedlam. Every time new judge Britney Spears attempted to talk, she was drawn out by screaming fans who could not help themselves. She was at least four or five times more popular than anyone else on the panel. After the event was over, I imagined the show would generate better ratings with her on board than it did during its first season, but for whatever reason, that didn’t prove to be the case. In fact, the numbers were actually down a wink.

Earlier today, rumors began spreading that Britney Spears has decided to leave the show. None of the other judges or producers have commented on the supposed news, but given how last season went, it sounds believable enough. Britney tried her damndest and actually did a good job mentoring a few of her contestants, but she never seemed that comfortable on camera. Near the end of the year, she started to loosen up a bit, but apparently, it was too little too late.

X Factor is one of the sleekest, most well put together shows on television. Every single episode looks visually appealing, and with Mario Lopez now at the helm, it actually has a flow to it. Unfortunately, with LA Reid heading for the hills already and Britney now gone, it looks like the show will need to revamp again. Maybe that’s a good thing. Maybe it’s not.

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