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X-Factor already having to defend new judge Spears

By | Published on Thursday 17 May 2012

Britney Spears

‘American Idol’ executive Nigel Lythgoe has been busy dissing the news earlier this week that Simon Cowell has recruited American pop types Britney Spears and Demi Lovato to be judges on the next series of ‘X-Factor USA’.

Although admitting that both Spears and more recent Disney graduate Lovato have had eventful personal lives which should make them “interesting” additions to the show, he questioned their qualifications for judging and advising pop wannabes, telling E!: “I hadn’t ever considered them [for ‘Idol’]. I always like mentors who have a lot more experience. I like someone who’s been there and knows the whole gamut of what these kids are going through”.

Meanwhile Team X have had to deny various rumours that have circulated since it was confirmed Spears had been recruited for their US show, including that the popstress’s contract dictated she must always sit next to Cowell, that her dressing room demands pushed her agreement with the show’ to “a point of disgust”, and that producers plan to give the singer pre-prepared comments to deliver on the live shows, because of fears about Spears’s ability to form her own opinions on live television.

A spokesman for the show said all the rumours were “total utter malicious rubbish”, that dealings with Spears and her people had been “fantastic, productive and positive”, and that America should wait and see what the pop singer would bring to the show. Cowell apparently reckons she could be the secret weapon that could make his talent franchise top the ratings in the S.