Britney Spears will be signing up with the US 'X Factor' for a whopping $15 million, dwarfing the salaries of the stars she's replacing and even trouncing Jennifer Lopez who is earning a reported $12 million over at 'American Idol.' Spears has been hotly rumored to be filling one of the vacant judging slots - made available after Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger and Paula Abdul left the show - for some time now, but few really thought she'd take up the offer.
However, Tmz report that that's exactly what's happened and Spears contract will thrash the $1.5 million and $2.5 million earned respectively by the outgoing couple. Not exactly making a saving then, but the profile given by one of the most successful selling artist of the last decade will surely be priceless for Cowell in what's clearly a move to assert the power he still has in the face of increased competition on both sides of the Atlantic from new format 'The Voice.'