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Simon Cowell signed up Britney Spears in one week

6/12/2014
 Simon Cowell signed up Britney Spears in one week Simon Cowell signed up Britney Spears in one week

Music mogul Simon Cowell launched a "charm offensive" to land Britney Spears as a judge on The X Factor - and signed her up within a week. Cowell admits he desperately wanted the Toxic hitmaker to bring something fresh and exciting to the judging panel of the hit show after axing former judges Nicole Scherzinger and Paula Abdul, but he didn't think she'd be easy to hire. The music and TV mogul tells YoungHollywood.com, "I desperately wanted Britney for the show so I went on a massive charm offensive and I got her on the phone. But actually we clicked, the two of us, straight away. "It wasn't an uncomfortable conversation and it wasn't one of those conversations about, 'How much are you going to pay me?' It was about her wanting to be on the show, what she wanted to do, how she was interested in the talent. And she followed it up with a second call very quickly. "She then asked to meet my producers, which she did two or three days later. And then, within a week we had a third phone call where she said, 'I want to do this'. I mean, it was kind of painless." Cowell admits her management team weren't thrilled by the pop star's openness on the phone - because they hadn't discussed her deal when she agreed to sign on.

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