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It’s been a long, dark X Factor offseason, y’all — and it’s not over yet. While we’re still processing the fact that judges Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger, as well as host Steve Jones, aren’t returning for Season 2, Simon Cowell’s just recently shined a bright light on the upcoming season.

The bright light’s name is Britney Spears. Brit Brit is reportedly signed on to judge The X Factor USA Season 2 — and she’s getting a record $16 million to dish out her seasoned advice, culled from years at the crossroads of pop culture and tabloid media. She’s so lucky, she’s a star!

Or, as one show insider puts it to Us Weekly, The X Factor needs Brit “badly… You can’t have Idol With J.Lo and The Voice with Xtina and have X Factor with, um, Paula Abdul?”

Simon’s still got one more judge’s seat to fill, as well as the hosting gig. Will The X Factor Season 2 stand a chance at giving The Voice a run for its money? Stay tuned.