Britney Spears ‘wants to be judge on US X Factor’

London: Britney Spears, who is in the running with Janet Jackson, Pink and Mariah Carey to judge the ‘US X Factor’ after Nicole Scherzinger and Paula Abdul’s axing, reportedly wants to join Simon Cowell on the reality talent show.

The 30-year-old pop queen sees the second series of the American talent programme as a perfect way to show fans that she has put her troubles behind her.

“She’s a huge fan of The X Factor and thinks it’s the perfect time for her to be a judge,” the Sun quoted a friend as saying.

“She wants to show her fans she is back to her best and where better to do that than on national TV every week?

“She knows all about the ups and downs of pop fame. And with her schedule relatively clear she has the time to dedicate to a different project,” the friend said.

Cowell, 52, is still locked in discussions with producers and network Fox over who will be offered the two free positions.

“Britney has had a tough few years but this would put her back at the very top. She would be great for the show and it could be great for her,” a music industry insider said.

Judging spots can be huge earners. Jennifer Lopez is believed to get around 7.5 million pounds a season for ‘American Idol’, while Christina Aguilera is reported to have agreed a 6-million-pound deal to mentor on ‘The Voice’.

“In terms of excitement and intrigue Britney would top them all,” the source added.