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Simon Cowell Tells BreatheHeavy: No One Turns Me Down!


“No one has so much as turned me down for a show if I ask them, but sometimes we just won’t pay them what they want.

Some of the salaries have been getting insane over the past few years.

It’s difficult. I mean, a couple have turned me down actually yeah but then I think they’ve regretted it after.”

– Simon Cowell tells BreatheHeavy.com of The X Factor’s past judges.

Britney Spears raked in $15 million during her time on the show.

Interpret that how you will.

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Simon Cowell: Britney Was Uncomfortable On The X Factor

Simon Cowell: Britney Wasn't A Good Choice

Simon Cowell’s tune about Britney’s role as a judge on The X Factor’s drastically changed since the “Work *****” singer left his show, telling Ellen DeGeneres his goal was to hire the biggest superstar he could find.

Ellen said Britney isn’t much of a “talker,” to which Simon replied

“I didn’t realize that! I kind of booked someone who couldn’t talk, which is a bit of a problem when you want someone to judge.”

Backstage X Factor pre-show host, Adrienne Boulon, told the ladies on The Talk Britney can’t hold a conversation either and was fed what she’s supposed to say.

Simon continued:

“She wasn’t comfortable being negative, she didn’t like it when the contestants spoke back to her, so she was just uncomfortable. I liked her. So we decided to change it this year.”




“I think if I’m being honest with you, Ellen, there was a time I think everyone was trying to up themselves in terms of who could find the biggest known star to be on a panel,” he explained. “And in terms of a pop singer? Jennifer Lopez and the other one on The Voice… I can’t remember. Blondie. Christina [Aguilera]. And we said, ‘We’ll take Britney.’ She was fine, but I think she found it very uncomfortable.”

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Britney At Fifth Harmony Concert

Britney At Fifth Harmony Concert

Sort of. Check out this cutout someone brought of Britney to Fifth Harmony’s mall tour over the weekend.

That moment was priceless!

Britney At Fifth Harmony Concert

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Simon Cowell To Britney: You Can’t Sit With Us

Simon Cowell To Britney: You Can't Sit With Us

Simon Cowell seems happy Britney is off The X Factor judging panel, telling reporters the foursome wasn’t cohesive enough to his liking.

“It’s like having a dinner party. You invite people for dinner and sometimes it’s a fun night, and other times it’s not as fun as you hoped it would be,” Cowell said at the Television Critics Association panel.

“This [season] is a fun dinner party,” he continued before adding that he knew the season-two panel wouldn’t work from “day one.”

“I felt we were doing what everybody else was doing and I had this impatience to get on to [upcoming] season three so we could do what we wanted to do.”

Simon also recently compared a horrible rendition of “Baby One More Time” by a contestant to the original.




I don’t think The Army should give him too hard of a time… I’m sure Britney felt the same way. ‘Thanks for the $15 mill, baaaah!’

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Simon Cowell Shading Britney… Again?

Fans weren’t sure if Simon Cowell was shading Britney a few weeks ago during The X Factor auditions when he said a contestant’s horrible rendition of “Toxic” sounded like “the original,” so we gave him a free pass.

This time we’ll just assume he’s bitter Britney took the money and ran back to the recording studio. A different contestant horribly sang “Baby One More Time” and he said something similar… check it out:




What gives, Simon?

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Simon Cowell Shades Britney?

Britney and former X Factor confidant Simon Cowell shared a mutual respect for one another, but perhaps he’s a little jaded now that The Queen decided to pursue her music and not re-sign for the latest season of The X Factor.

One contestant during the Long Island auditions last week sang “Toxic,” horribly, leading Simon to compare her awful rendition to Britney.

“I would say… probably sound a little bit too much like the original.”

Not sure if this is a diss, horrible editing or he’s just pressed. Catch it at 0:23.



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Simon Cowell Mentions Britney At X Factor Auditions – UPDATE

Simon Cowell Mentions Britney At X Factor Auditions

The X Factor auditions began today, and it looks like they’re already missing Britney.

Simon said:


UPDATE: A reader sent in their experience – he was the contestant that Simon commented on about Britney.

“Hey Jordan huge fan of Brit and your website. I submitted an online audition in March for the XFactor and heard back in early May that I was chosen to audition infront of the judges on the 21st. I sang Britney’s “…Baby One More Time” which I did kinda badly since I was very exhausted after sitting in the arena for 14 hours. Mainly because Simon was late and delayed auditions.

After my audition Simon commented “for a second I closed my eyes and thought Britney was on stage, but when I opened them back up it wasn’t and it was creepy because you weren’t wearing the schoolgirl outfit.” I was really embarrassed haha.

Paulina was rude. She said “not everyone can sing Britney, especially with a microphone,” which I took at her throwing shade at Britney for lip-syncing.

Demi gave me a thumbs up when I said I wanted a career like britneys and Kelly said she loved my shoes and demi agreed. I got four NO’s. I didn’t receive any negative feedback besides demi saying she doesn’t understand how I will fit in the industry sounding like Brit.”

Update: Paulina Tweeted about the ordeal:


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Quote Of The Day

Quote Of The Day

New quote from TVGuide.com:

“At least last year’s X Factor had the “OMG Britney!” wow factor. With the new ho-hum panel, Fox should just cut its losses and premiere its midseason dramas in the fall.”

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Kelly Rowland & Paulina Rubio Replace Britney On The X Factor

Kelly Rowland & Paulina Rubio Replace Britney

It’s official, Britney and LA Reid were replaced by Kelly Rowland and Paulina Rubio on the new season of The X Factor.

Sources tell TMZ the two are in final negotiations to join the show, with just minor details left to be handled. The deals could be finalized as early as tomorrow.

What do you think of the replacements?

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Hilary Duff Replacing Britney On The X Factor?

Hilary Duff Replacing Britney On The X Factor?

A ton of female celebrity musicians are rumored to take Britney’s judging spot on The X Factor, including former Disney star Hilary Duff. Nothing’s final, but Hilary Tweeted a very cryptic message today, possibly alluding to The X Factor hype.

Love me some Hilary; I’m down for this! However, I’m more down for a new album from her.