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Singer to leave judging panel of talent show after just one season following disappointing ratings, according to reports

Britney Spears is leaving The X Factor USA judging panel after just one season, according to reports. Sources have given various explanations for the singer's departure, claiming she was sacked, quit, or simply wanted time to record a new album.

While it has yet to be officially announced, separate sources confirmed Spears' departure to Reuters, the Hollywood Reporter, TV Guide, TMZ and People magazine. Although People's insider said, "She wants to concentrate on her music", other reports stated that after the disappointing 2012 season, Spears wasn't going to be asked back.

Spears joined The X Factor USA last April, signing a record-breaking $15m (£9.4m) deal. At the time, it was seen as a win-win arrangement: the beleaguered star would get a chance to resuscitate her career, and The X Factor's flagging ratings »

- Sean Michaels

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