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We're still not over the fact that Britney Spears isn't gracing The X Factor with her ethereal presence this season, but the good news? The show saved major bank by giving her the boot! Britney earned a reported $15 million for appearing as a judge on the hit reality show's second season, while new judges Kelly "Destiny's Child 4Eva" Rowland and Paulina Rubio are earning a fraction of her salary.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Kelly is getting paid a mere $1 million, while Paulina is pocketing around $1.5 million. So yeah, we're pretty sure Simon Cowell is laughing all the way to the bank.

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The good news? Demi Lovato was hugely popular during her stint on The X Factor's second season, and she's managed to (reportedly) double her initial salary of $1 million. Way to break that glass ceiling, girlfriend!

So, what's the deal with the huge salary discrepancies among The X Factor's judges? Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that "salaries are all over the place because ratings are all over the place" — which makes sense considering that The X Factor lost 20 percent of its target audience last year.

Do you think Kelly and Paulina deserve to make more? Sure, $15 million is slightly unreasonable (unless you're Britney Spears, in which case it's totally reasonable), but let's not be stingy, Simon.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter