Should Simon be relying on Britney to save his show?

COMMENT: Carrier sends out a strong message to the world

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Britney Spears is going to be back in all our lives – whether we want her there or not.

Simon Cowell has apparently employed her for the US version of The X Factor for a reported sum so ridiculous I can’t bring myself to write the figure.

In fact I’ve taken it so badly that I physically hurt when I even think about it.

Clearly this is a last-ditch attempt by Simon to salvage his show, which absolutely tanked during last year’s debut.

But my professional opinion is this. Despite Britney’s global fame and despite the fact she can claim any headline she wants, should Simon really be resting the fate of his show on a woman who once shaved off all her hair and attacked the paparazzi with an umbrella?