Britney Takes Family X Factor Vacation In Hawaii

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It’s not all work and no play for Britney Spears!

The X Factor judge took a break from her work on the reality show to soak up the sun with all her boys in Maui on Sunday.

Brit, fiancé Jason Trawick and sons Sean Preston and Jayden James Federline looked happy to spend some time relaxing in Hawaii.

While the Pacific islands make for a nice reprieve from Hollywood, it’s an East Coast getaway where Britney really feels relaxed…

READ: Jamie Lynn Spears Sings Tribute to Britney

The 30-year-old’s future in-laws recently put their Long Island home on the market, and Spears was not happy about it.

“NOOOOO. I love this house!” she tweeted last month, along with a link to a Newsday story about the sale of the five-bedroom home.

A source told E! News Britney “loves the house so much. It’s a peaceful haven for her, a place where she can get away and relax.”

Hope she can still get some R&R in Maui!

Source: E! Online

Britney: 8 Blunt Reactions To X Factor Contestants

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So after three cities on The X Factor‘s nationwide audition tour, how is Britney Spears doing as a judge of eager singing talent?

Sources say the pop princess was a bit shy at first, but has since become downright “blunt” in her assessment of contestants. “Everyone was kinda shocked at how tough she was and how she wasn’t scared to say it straight,” a source says from the set.

So far Spears has tended to prefer “exciting” contestants who are visually appealing and charismatic performers rather than those who simply possess a fine voice. “She knows it takes more than having a good singing voice and that you have to be entertaining and have that ‘wow’ factor,” the source says. “She can really tell the difference between a good singer and a great performer.”

Spears’ favorite rejection? “Too boring.”

The new judge also isn’t swayed by heartfelt appeals. “The judges always ask [contestants] a few questions before they sing and Britney makes it clear that she isn’t interested in sob stories or people who try to get a sympathy vote,” the source says. “She’s always compassionate and understanding but she is always totally focused on their performance and talent.”

Here are some of Spears’ reactions to contestants from The X Factor set:

– “I thought it was magnificento!”

– “Who let you on the stage?”

– “I feel like you need to go to New York and be on Broadway. I don’t think the pop industry could handle you.”

– “I’m sorry, I was bored. I have to say no.”

– “Holy cow! I can’t believe that voice came from that tiny body.”

– “To make a great performance, you have to step it up. There’s a big wall between us, and you need to learn to break it down.”

–  “I can’t look. I literally can’t look.” (During one male contestant’s raunchy dance.)

–  ”I’m sorry, sweetie, but you have to be great to be on this show.”

Backstage, all four judges share the same green room, plus have private meeting rooms of their own. Spears is said to be socializing with the crew and other judges between takes rather than being standoffish.

Fellow pop singer and new Factor judge Demi Lovato has been described as more chatty on the panel, with head judge Simon Cowell said to be “over the moon” pleased with both hires. X Factor premieres on Fox Sept. 12. Let’s hope the honeymoon survives next season!

Source: Entertainment Weekly

BritneySpy.com is back!

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No, you´re not seeing things!  BritneySpy.com is finally back!

As you can see, things are a bit of a mess right now.  In the coming days and weeks we will be uploading the remainder of the site archives, posting NEW updates (no more laziness) and changing the look of the site.

For now, have a look back through the news archives.  We are proud to have one of the oldest Britney news archives on the web, going back to January 2004!

Any suggestions or thoughts?  Leave a comment.

Britney To X Factor? Simon Cowell Says “Wait and See”

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As the hunt for the next “X Factor” judges continues, Simon Cowell continues to play coy on who will replace Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger at the judges table.

As The Hollywood Reporter first reported, Britney Spears could be nearing a deal to make her reality series debut as a judge on the buzzworthy U.K. import. A well place source told THR that Spears’ fiancé, agent Jason Trawick, is negotiating her contact, which could be signed as soon as this week.

“You’ll have to wait and see,” Cowell teased during an appearance on Good Day New York.

When asked about Spears’ potential involvement, the showrunner replied, “I can’t confirm or deny anything right now. The truth is, we are talking to a number of people. It changes on a daily basis to be honest with you.”

Cowell also admitted that two new names have come forth in the last 24-hours, including one “very famous singer” and one “very famous actress.”

“You’ve gotta talk to everybody,” he said.

Addressing the shocking firings of Abdul, Scherzinger and host Steve Jones, Cowell quipped, “They weren’t fired, darling. They just weren’t invited back.”

“With the host,” he added, “too many Brits on the show, if I’m being honest with you. One Brit allowed.”

“I always wanted a boy and a girl to host the show,” Cowell said. “And I like hosts who don’t kind of have a hosting background, you know. I like them when they’ve done acting and stuff like that. It’s a different kind of dynamic.”

Speaking with The Voice mentor Miranda Lambert at The Hunger Games premiere, THR asked the country singer what she thought of Spears joining the X Factor roster.

“Why not? I mean, she’s an icon,” Lambert said. “It’s a smart choice.”

“I think it’d be awesome,” added her Pistol Annies bandmate, Angaleena Presley.

Source: Billboard.com

Britney Turns Down $10 Million X Factor Offer

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Britney Spears has reportedly been offered $10 million to judge the US version of ‘The X Factor’, but sources say she is holding out for more.

The ‘Hold It Against Me’ singer’s fiance and manager Jason Trawick is said to have “been negotiating for some time”, with ex ecutives for the talent search show.

One source told E! news Britney has been offered the huge sum to appear on the second series of the show – which returns later this year – but she’s said to be holding out for $16 million.

The first run of ‘The X Factor’ was judged by show boss Simon Cowell, L.A. Reid, Nicole Scherzinger and Paula Abdul, although the latter two were subsequently axed after it failed to achieve the ratings Simon had hoped.

Simon is said to have initially approached Britney, and recently admitted he was “fascinated” by her and think she would be ideal for the show.

He said: “I would think that if she’s managed to sustain in her family life in a career which is tough, this is a walk in the park.”

Janet Jackson was also rumoured to have been offered the judging role, but turned it down because of touring commitments.

A high ranking ex ecutive for the show told The Hollywood Reporter the perfect candidate would be someone based in Los Angeles with not just success in the music business, but who is also a parent who wants to spend time with their children.

Source: NZ City

Britney Recording Again Last Night

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According to Socialite Life, Britney was spotted leaving a recording studio in the early hours of this morning.  She must have headed straight for the studio after leaving the Generation Rescue event she attended earlier in the evening.

This marks the 5th time this month that Britney has been seen at the studio, after sessions on the 1st, 10th, 13th and 14th of July.  Keep it up Brit, it must feel good for her to be working again!

Britney's Custody Settlement Details Surface

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Less than eight months after an epic meltdown that led to a court taking away her children, Britney Spears is reclaiming her role as a mother — to the point where she may be with her boys nearly half the time.

Attorneys for the pop singer and ex-husband Kevin Federline reached an agreement Friday that allows Spears three visits a week from Sean Preston and Jayden James, including two overnights with potential for more. If all goes well, she could have 2-year-old Sean Preston and 1-year-old Jayden James roughly 40 percent of the time, her attorney, Laura Wasser, told The Associated Press.

The agreement not only increases Spears’ time with her sons, but also removed need for a trial scheduled for next month to resolve lingering visitation and financial issues.

The positive change on the home front comes as Spears’ career also seems to be rebounding. She is spending the summer working on a new album, recently taped an appearance that will be shown during Madonna’s upcoming tour, and made a couple of well-received cameos on the television show “How I Met Your Mother” earlier this year.

Spears’ increased involvement in her boys’ lives was almost unimaginable in January, when the 26-year-old twice had to be removed from her home by authorities and was committed to a psychiatric ward.

Federline was awarded full custody shortly thereafter and Spears did not see her sons for nearly two months.

Since then, Spears has gradually been granted longer visits. In late June, she was was alotted one overnight visit a week with her sons, Wasser said.

Spears will gain more overnight visits between now and the end of the year, Wasser said. The agreement also includes a “slight increase” in child support payments to Federline and covers his attorney’s fees.

“The fact is, it’s a win for the family,” Wasser said.

Federline’s attorney, Mark Kaplan, whose fees have been paid by Spears and have been the subject of disputes, also lauded the outcome Friday.

“This has been a long ordeal and to have that over is something that makes him extremely happy,” Kaplan said in a brief statement after the courthouse meeting.

The couple were married in 2004 and finalized their divorce last July and have wrangling over custody issues for several months since then.

Kaplan declined to discuss specifics of the agreement, which still needs to be filed to Los Angeles Superior Court Commissioner Scott Gordon. Gordon met with Wasser and Kaplan for more than 40 minutes Friday, but did not issue any rulings or take up the case in open court.

Friday’s agreement is fairly typical of custody disputes even if the parties are not, said Charlotte Goldberg, a family law professor at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles.

“The courts do like parties to agree to custody rather than go through a trial,” she said.

A trial would have almost certainly garnered throngs of reporters and photographers, which Goldberg said could have stymied Spears’ progress.

“I think for Britney’s sake, it would be better to avoid more publicity,” Goldberg said.

The scene Friday was in stark contrast to previous court appearances, when Spears has been mobbed by photographers and in one incident, set foot in the courthouse in cocktail party attire only to suddenly leave before attending her hearing.

The cameras came Friday. Spears did not.

Wasser said Spears has been motivated in recent months by her children and re-establishing her career, which eight months ago seemed to be as teetering as her personal life.

Her legal woes, however, are not over.

A hearing has been scheduled for July 31 about whether her father, James Spears, will continue to control her personal and financial affairs. Once that is resolved, a misdemeanor driving without a license charge can dealt with.

But Wasser acknowledged that Spears has come a long way in eight months.

“The difference from the beginning of this year to now is astonishing,” Wasser said.

Source: The Associated Press

Britney To Get Increased Visitation & Overnights

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Kevin Federline may be on his way to receiving sole custody, but he’s not the sole winner in his battle with Britney Spears.

Attorneys for both sides met with Superior Court Commissioner Scott Gordon this morning in a bid to get final approval for a deal that would give K-Fed retain primary physical custody of sons Sean Preston, 2, and Jayden James, 1. Spears, meanwhile, will get a boost to her current visitation rights—with the possibility of much more to come.

The deal would also preempt a trial in the case.

“She gets increased visitation and additional overnights, and once the conservatorship ends, she will ask the court to change it back to a shared 50/50 legal and physical custody,” a source close to Spears told E! News.

Laura Wasser, attorney for the 26-year-old “Gimme More” singer, told reporters outside the courtroom that Spears is more than happy with the terms of the deal.

“Britney is really pleased,” she said. “She has the kids today.”

Pleased or not, while the deal is as good as done, it’s not yet on the record books, despite this morning’s hearing.

“I believe we will come to an agreement and the agreement will be converted into a legal document sometime in the future,” Kaplan said. “I will not comment on the terms of the agreement. It will not be filed today.

“Right now it is a private agreement. It has not been turned into an order.”

“Nothing has been filed,” court spokesman Alan Parachini confirmed. “A resolution is imminent. What that is, don’t know, because we haven’t seen it yet.

“Neither Britney nor Kevin came to court today. But [the attorneys] did indicate they are working on a settlement.”

Meanwhile, when the conservatorship of Spears’ estate ends, a source says the singer plans to ask the commissioner to restore shared custody—terms similar to what the couple had prior to her January meltdown.

News of a settlement in the long-gestating, headline-grabbing case broke last night, when Federline attorney Mark Vincent Kaplan told E! News “all the issues that would have been addressed at trial have been settled.”

Source: E! Online