The X Factor is reportedly losing another judge. According to insiders, Britney Spears is departing the reality show after just one turn at the judge’s table. The pop star will spend the next year recording new music and going on tour.
“She has made the decision that she won’t be returning,” a source confirms to People magazine. “She wants to concentrate on her music.”
Spears has not commented.
Although her performance on The X Factor received mixed reviews, one of Spears’ contestants, Carly Rose Sonenclar, made it to the final 3. Sonenclar finished in second place, losing the $5 million recording contract to L.A. Reid’s contestant Tate Stevens. Simon Cowell’s band Fifth Harmony took third place.
News of Spears’ exit comes just a month after L.A. Reid announced he was quitting. “I have decided that I will not return to The X Factor next year,” the Epic Records CEO told Access Hollywood. “I have a company to run that I’ve kind of neglected.”
There has been no word on whether Demi Lovato, who joined the show at the same time as Spears, will return as a judge with Simon Cowell.
The second season of The X Factor came to a close Thursday night with 37-year-old Tate Stevens scoring the $5 million recording contract over Carly Rose Sonenclar and the group Fifth Harmony.
“First and foremost I got to thank the man upstairs for taking care of me, my family, all the country music fans – God bless you. Thank you so much for all the votes. This is the best day of my life,” the Missouri native said after the results were revealed.
Stevens’ mentor L.A. Reid praised his work. “You deserve this. I’m proud to work with you. I think you represent The X Factor really, really well. So on behalf of Simon and myself and all the judges, congratulations,” he said.
Sonenclar, who was Britney Spears’ contestant, took second place. Fifth Harmony, mentored by Cowell, landed in third.
After the show, Stevens said it will “take a while” to get used to his new life. “I think it’s going to take a while. I think it’s going to take a while to sink in and really get the magnitude of what happened tonight. This is huge,” he said.
Stevens is not sure how he will celebrate with his wife and two children. “We have the rest of our lives to celebrate this! [My family] sacrificed a lot for me to even do this, which means a ton … it’s very amazing,” he added.