Oops! Did X Factor chief Simon Cowell make a mayjuh boo-boo when he hired pop princess Britney Spears as a mentor on the upcoming second season of The X Factor?
Some popular experts seem to think so!
The “Circus” singer was confirmed to be joining the panel of the TV talent show along with troubled teen star Demi Lovato on Monday. The girls will take their places alongside Cowell and L.A. Reid.
Britney has agreed a $15 million deal to be a judge on the show. But not everyone is on board.
Spears suffered an emotional meltdown in 2007, but later rebounded. She is now shielded from the media and rarely gives live interviews.
But some media watchers wonder if the “Womanizer” star can handle the pressure of the reality TV spotlight.
Lyndsey Parker, Yahoo! Music Managing Editor:
“It’s a short term gain for X Factor. There will be a huge amount of PR and when the show premieres there will be huge ratings. But I think it could be a disaster. I think Britney could make Nicole Scherzinger look like a genius.”
Andy Dehnart, editor of Reality Blurred, said many viewers will likely tune in just to “see her crash and burn.”
“It’s not clear she is really a TV personality and somebody who can give the show what it needs, which is really insightful, concise, witty critiques of these singers. I really don’t think it’s going to work, but I am hopeful that Britney will surprise us.”
Hit Flix music blogger Melinda Newman also questioned whether Spears can sizzle on live television.
“You are saying to someone, ‘You may succeed but your dream of succeeding through us ends here.’ That is emotional pressure and that is hard to do. The public has not seen Britney in an environment where we would know if she is able to withstand that level of pressure and have to think very quickly on her feet.”
Even American Idol boss Nigel Lythgoe says he would not have considered Spears for a role on his show.
Meanwhile, newly appointed X Factor judge Demi Lovato could be a positive role model for the younger generation, experts suggests. Demi, now 19, has openly battled depression, cocaine and an eating disorder that sent her to rehab in 2010.
“Demi has been outspoken and inspiring to others about how you pick yourself up after you’ve been down. She may be very good, because she cares a lot. Let’s hope that she uses that to be a fair and empathic judge. She could potentially be a good role model for others.”