Hopefully she won’t keep the crazy in the cage for this one. Pop princess Britney Spears is reportedly joining the judging panel of “The X Factor” for a whopping $15 mil. Is Simon Cowell hoping that the blonde diva might fill the empty seats and stilettos of both Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger?
While I don’t think Paula and Nicole were what went wrong with the first season of Cowell’s talent search, I do think the distinct lack of crazy and excessive cleavage on the part of Abdul was a profound disappointment to those of who used to watch “American Idol” for just those reasons. Hopefully Spears will step up in both departments.
I do wonder what type of feedback and critical evaluation the former Mouseketeer will have for the up-and-comers, though. Spears is, for all intents and purposes, a very well-produced commodity who was created by the best puppet masters (or do they call them “imagineers?”) in the business. But maybe, just maybe, that will be the key to her success.
If the old adage, ‘It takes one to know one,’ holds any water than who better to identify and fine-tune a new pop diva puppet than the best one there ever was? I’m not denying that if there were some kind of DNA test that could identify the enigmatic “X Factor,” it would show up in spades in the snake charming, undulating, breathy Spears. And the fact that a court still doesn’t see her fit to run her own life only makes it better.
With her upcoming nuptials and potential happily ever after, Spears also brings a compelling personal back-story to her role on the judging panel – just like those fame-hungry folks who will be clamoring for her approval as they try to show the world that they do, indeed, have the elusive “X Factor.”
And who knows? Maybe we will all be shocked to find out that there really is more going on behind Spears’ sometimes vacant eyes than we usually give her credit for. I kinda hope she does surprise us. And that, in the end, might be a compelling enough reason to get this jaded viewer to tune in for one more season of one more singing contest.
Whether Cowell thinks Spears will be an awesome coach or just knows how enthralled the American public is with a train wreck (or even just the possibility of one), I think that he will more than get his money’s worth. And hopefully so will we.