Does Britney Spears have The X Factor?
As Fox's competition series restructures its talent roster for season two, the 30-year-old pop star has expressed a keen interest in joining the series, reaching out to executives to angle for a gig.
While creator and show mentor Simon Cowell hesitates to confirm any casting rumors, the 52-year-old reality TV mogul does tell Us Weekly he's "flattered" by Spears' interest.
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"I couldn't comment on it," Cowell said of potential interest from Spears and Janet Jackson. "Are we flattered that there could be interest? Yes. Other than that, there's going to be a lot of twists and turns over the next few weeks and a lot of things we're going to announce."
Remaining tight-lipped on potential format changes for the show's second season, Cowell did confirm he'll recruit two new women for the judging panel and two personalities to host.
"It's almost impossible to have one person doing this hosting job. You've got so much information now on telephone lines, the integrations of the sponsors -- [the hosts are] like newscasters now," Cowell explains. "I think you can see a very different chemistry with two people. I always wanted a boy and a girl to host the show. I think that's definitely going to happen now."
"I think we've learned how we can make the show better," he continued. "I like the fact that it's got very competitive now [against The Voice and American Idol]. It's kind of exciting."