In news that we were already aware of, Britney Spears confirms that she won’t be returning to X Factor USA. The singer releases an official statement announcing her X Factor departure: “I’ve made the very difficult decision not to return for another season. I had an incredible time doing the show and I love the other judges and I am so proud of my teens but it’s time for me to get back in the studio. Watching them all do their thing up on that stage every week made me miss performing so much! I can’t wait to get back out there and do what I love most.”
I’m sure the “decision” wasn’t that difficult given the widespread speculation that such decision was made for her a while ago (we’ve all read the ‘sacking’ reports and seen the failed ratings). Now we can have fun reading Twitter bulletins about a desperate Simon trying to save his flailing show with yet another controversial signing. And as for the ‘miss performing’ bit, we WOULD be just as enthusiastic if her performances weren’t such a lethargic mess. I’ve seen my 68-year-old grandmother move with more life in her body. REALLY. But anyway, I’m definitely here for album number 8!