The X Factor: Britney Spears Reportedly Wanted To Make More Than JLo
Author: Jessica Grabert
published: 2012-05-29 11:46:05
When Spears was first asked to join the sophomore season of Fox’s singing competition The X Factor, she was reportedly low-balled at a measly $10 million—a number that may seem like a lot to many of us, but is low when compared to the $12 million Jennifer Lopez made for her first season of American Idol, and far less than the $20 million or so Howard Stern is making for America’s Got Talent. Eventually the pop star was able to settle with the network for a higher number, but it was an uphill battle.
Spears eventually worked out a deal with Fox to mentor on The X Factor for $15 million, a number that was a nice meet in the middle between the $10 million first offered and the $20 million Spears had a hopeful eye on in the negotiation process. According to TMZ, the number was reached after Spears had one pointed demand: She did not want to make less than Jennifer Lopez has been making on American Idol.
Sure, Spears has had far more problems in the public eye than Lopez, but she’s also more of a sex symbol and, these days, far more relevant in the pop music world. Jennifer Lopez has gone on the record saying she is thinking about leaving Idol before next season, but I wonder if she does decide to stay, if she will have a similar diva request for Fox.
Although the first rounds of auditions are already underway, audiences haven’t really gotten the chance to see Spears get her feet wet yet. It’ll be interesting to see whether giving Spears more money than Lopez will prove to be fruitful, or a $3 million dollar waste.
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