Simon Cowell has begged Britney Spears to work with him again 10 years after they both served on the jury for the US version of The X Factor.
The 63-year-old music mogul has publicly called on pop star Britney, 40, to consider appearing on one of his shows now that she is free of his conservatorship, describing the ‘talented’ star as someone that he has “beautiful ideas on how to launch your career.”
He said Y! news: ‘We spent a lot of time talking on the phone about X Factor before doing it.
Return to television screens? Simon Cowell, 63, begged Britney Spears, 40, to work with him again 10 years after they both served on the jury for the US version of The X Factor.
There’s a side to Britney that a lot of people don’t know about. I mean, I was on the phone with her for two or three hours at a time. She was super smart, she had lovely ideas about how to further someone else’s career, which is critical if you’re going to be a judge on one of these shows. So I had a fantastic relationship with her.
He added: “If you’re watching Britney and we do a show, please come back and do it with me.” She would be great. I adore her.
“She’s really interesting and very talented.”
To return? The music mogul has publicly asked pop star Britney to consider appearing on one of her shows now that she is free of her tutelage.
Saturday marked the one-year anniversary of the end of Britney Spears’ 13-year guardianship.
Her guardians had power over her financial and medical affairs, as well as career decisions and important personal matters, such as when she could see her teenage sons Sean, 17, and Jayden, 16.
Britney appeared on The X Factor during this time, but is now free to make her own decisions regarding her career.
Praise: Simon described the ‘talented’ Britney as having ‘wonderful ideas on how to launch someone’s career’ after they appeared on the second season of the US version of The X Factor (pictured from the show in 2012)
It comes after Simon said there’s a “decent chance” The X Factor will return in the UK or US in 2024.
The talent show judge is considering bringing the series back to TV screens, and is said to be more inclined to see the show return to America, where Simon has a strong working relationship with NBC on America’s Got Talent.
Speaking about who the judges would be if he decides to resurrect The X Factor, he said: “Industry people, like A and R people, rather than artists because they’re better judges of talent and less jealous of bright young artists.”
All Stars: Britney (2nd L) appeared as a judge on the US version of The X Factor in 2012 with judges (L-R) LA Reid, Demi Lovato and Simon.
Simon also noted that the A and R people aren’t as “ridiculously expensive” as some stars can be, and admits he’d take the show “back to basics” if it returns, after the show ended up being “so complicated.” .
He said The times newspaper: ‘At first it was very simple: you audition and then, at the end of the series, you can sing with a superstar.
“So if I were ever going to relaunch it, I would take it back to basics.”
Creator: Simon created The X Factor, which first aired on ITV in the UK in 2004, with Simon seen here in the first series of the show.
Simon recently admitted that he previously “went a bit crazy” when The X Factor, which ran for 15 series and two spin-offs on ITV from 2004 to 2019, started to catch on.
He said Sun: ‘X Factor at the beginning, when there were no expectations of us and we could do what we wanted, it was a lot of fun. It was when it hit that everyone, including me, went a little crazy.
“It was a time in my life where everything was great on the surface, but deep down it wasn’t fun or great. Everything was skewed wrong.
And I never want to feel like this again.
“Now I think you have to be satisfied with the quality of something, rather than what you’re judged by: ratings or chart positions.”
In July, it was reported that Channel 5 is set to revive The X Factor.
A source told the time at the daily stars sunday: ‘As soon as X Factor became available, there was interest from various networks.
‘X Factor is one of the most iconic shows in television history, so it’s no surprise that many channels were interested. The producer made her choice.
“After many meetings, the executives decided to go with Channel 5.”
Star lineup: Simon has been claimed to have decided the “time is right” to bring back the talent competition that ended in 2018 after 15 years (L-R: Dannii Minogue, Louis Walsh, Cheryl Cole and Simon pictured in 2010 )