TMZ is reporting that Britney Spears‘ massive $15 million paycheck for “The X Factor” was driven by one unyielding requirement: the pop star’s earnings would have to be more than the figure Jennifer Lopez commanded in her first season of “American Idol.”
Lopez, as you’ll recall, made $12 million in that first season; it’s rumored that her “Idol” earnings are now as high as $20 million. Spears’ bottom line was $13 million for “X Factor,” and she and producers eventually settled on $15 million.
TMZ postulates that Lopez will use earnings as a sticking point in her decision to return to “American Idol,” ideally positioning herself to make more than Spears should she re-sign with the show. Turnabout is fair play, right?