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Rumors have it that Britney Spears — along with Demi Lovato — will be asked to step down from her X Factor judging seat by next fall’s season 3. But it’s all just anonymous-source gossip for now — as a Fox spokesperson told EW, “No one has discussed next years judging panel yet; any reports otherwise are complete speculation.”

I don’t think Britney Spears is the only reason The X Factor has no soul. I think that’s primarily Simon Cowell’s fault for being so embarrassed about his own failure that he can’t bring himself to care, thus setting an example for the rest of the Table of Privilege.

Still, Britney has never offered any sort of critique or mentor’s encouragement other than the one or two lines written on fun block letters on the painfully rote script dangling in front of her, and I cannot confidently say that left to her own devices she might ever offer anything of insight. (Left to her own devices, I think she’d be likely to either remain completely silent while still refusing to make eye contact with other humans, or simply wander away.) The show would lit-ruh-ly be no worse off without her. A robot could have done what she did.

I will say girl was lookin’ HOT, with like at least seven extra Ts, during the show-opening segments where all of the judges had to wave and pretend they wanted to be there (while cringing) — and I will miss seeing which new brightly hued sausage casing Britney would be wearing each night.

But was this twice-weekly modeling experience worth a $15 million paycheck?

With L.A. Reid officially out, Simon has some revamping to do. But is the show even worth another makeover?

Is there anyone you’d like to see judge The X Factor? Or would you rather see it disappear?

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Simon Cowell, Demi Lovato, Kelly Rowland, and Paulina Rubio judge Season 3.
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