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Britney Spears Turns 31, We Celebrate With Her 31 Greatest Faces

Britney Spears 31 craziest faces for her 31st birthday

Britney Spears is a woman of many faces. Yes, she’s a singer, TV personality, actress, saleswoman and mother. But that’s not what we mean. Britney literally makes some of the most priceless facial expressions in the entertainment world today. Whether she’s processing a showbiz hopeful’s performance on X Factor, laughing off a wardrobe oops, or being “sexy” on stage, Brit’s face seems to have a mind of its own. And we love her for it! It’s just a versatile as her chic outfits, ever changing hair, and constantly evolving song stylings – probably even more so! So in honor of the pop legend’s 31st birthday, we’ve assembled our 31 favorite Britney faces of all time. From her teen queen days in the late 1990s, all the way through to her latest reality show gig, they’re all here. Check ‘em out in the gallery below! Enjoy, and happy birthday Brit-Brit!

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Casting Fail: Kim Kardashian’s Ex-Husband To Appear On X Factor With Khloe Kardashian

Damon Thomas joins the cast of X Factor with ex-sister-in-law Khloe Kardashian

It’s no surprise that Simon Cowell is big on the drama. Whether it’s between Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey, or even with himself and young Demi Lovato, the master media maker knows that nothing gets viewers like a big brawl. And it looks like there’s another storm brewing soon, as reports surface that Cowell hired music producer Damon Thomas  to appear on X Factor, along side Khloe Kardashian. What’s the big deal? He used to be married to Khloe’s sister, Kim. Ooof. Clever casting, or serious slip up? You be the judge.

Kim’s other ex has not exactly been keeping up with the Kardashian’s over the years, repeatedly slamming them in interviews. “She can’t write or sing or dance, so she does harmful things in order to validate herself in the media,” he said to In Touch 2010. And now that he’s going to be appearing as a mentor on the reality show with his former sister-in-law, we’re expecting the fists to fly. Or at least some seriously icy glares. “We’re sure Simon is going to have great fun with this,” an insider told RadarOnline. “You know the tension is going to be unbelievable between Khloe and Damon.” Let’s get ready to rumble…

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Khloe Kardashian May Host This Season Of X Factor, Creating A Reality TV Alliance Of World-Ending Proportions

You guys, the Kardashians might be teaming up with Simon Cowell. That’s right, the man who flooded networks with competition shows and watered down music could join forces with celeb-socialites who created an entire media brand despite offering nothing of value to the world and possessing no apparent talent. This is like the Axis power of reality television. TV as we know it could be doomed.

According to TMZ, Khloe Kardashian (AKA, the good one) is in the lead to host X Factor this fall, topping the producer’s short list. Apparently execs are responding extremely well to her screen test, and are rarin’ to pit her alongside judges Britney Spears and Demi Lovato in an effort to appeal to the all important younger demographic. “There’s at least an 85% chance she’ll get the job,” a source close to Cowell reports.

It’s not much of an exaggeration to say that Cowell and the Kardashian’s have changed the face of entertainment. In the past, you generally had to be famous to appear on television. Thanks to these two camps, the theory is reversed. Appear on the box and the fame will follow! Even if you’re just a terrifyingly media savvy family, or a guy who sings Ricky Martin songs hilariously bad. Now they could join forces and…oh god. We scared, you guys. Hold us.

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Paula Abdul Turns 50! Celebrate With Her 20 Craziest Looks

Paula Abdul's 20 Craziest Looks

Today’s a big birthday for pop icon, Paula Abdul, as she turns the big 5-0! She’s showed the world all she’s got since the early 80s and we know she’s not slowing down any time soon! Pop isn’t all she’s got – Paula is known for her wacky and fabulous wardrobe. The colors, the designs, the sparkles – OH MY! Abdul ‘s unique threads are always show stoppers. Her originality radiates in every red carpet pose from the Kids’ Choice Awards to the Grammys. Abdul has come a long way since her days on her high school cheerleading team and has proved to be the powerful woman she set out to be.

This past January Abdul announced that she would not be returning to be a judge on the X-Factor. So what’s she up to now? Well a few days ago she was spotted at Citizens Bank Park during the Phillies/Dodgers game. She was there there supporting the Prostate Cancer Foundation and getting down with the Phillies mascot, Phillie Phanatic. Check out some of her wildest outfits, craziest ‘dos, and sweetest dance moves in the gallery below!

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Did Britney Spears Really Get Upset With Tone-Deaf Contestant And Storm Off X-Factor Set?

Britney Spears Walks Off X Factor Set

The sage advice of ex-judge, Nicole Scherzinger to Britney Spears for her new role as X Factor arbiter was to, “Speak from your heart. Just be you.” Our Brit-Brit seems to be doing just that quite admirably. Y’all know that the first round of auditions happened yesterday in Austin, right? The singer looked pretty prepared as she was photographed heading to the set in a hot coral mini that we orgininally though to be Herve Leger, but actually was a Brian Lichtenberg number. But a severe case of dramatitis seems to have struck on this debut effort already. Apparently, one contestant rocked up and decided to impress Britney by singing her song “Hold It Against Me.” But the story is that they were so bad and so desperately tone-deaf, that Ms. Spears actually got upset and walked off the set! How is that for a first day fracas?

There’s another side to the matter, though. There are certain sources who are saying that this whole thing is being blown out of proportion because Britney wasn’t upset at all and that she only “just took a short break.”  Right, so it was just a case of her timing being impeccable? Britney herself got on twitter to address that issue and corroborated the sources, tweeting, “#Britneywalksoff??? LOL was just taking a little break people. I am having the BEST time!!!” Either way, contestants performed to just L.A. ReidSimon Cowell and Demi Lovato for a couple of songs ’till La Spears returned. This show’s going to be fun — we can feel it!

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Related: On Britney Spears’ First Day On X Factor, We Have Advice From Ex-Judge Nicole Scherzinger

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On Britney Spears’ First Day On X Factor, We Have Advice From Ex-Judge Nicole Scherzinger

Britney Spears arrives to her first day as an 'X Factor' judge

And so it begins. Britney Spears showed up to her first day of work as an X Factor judge today, armed with a hot pink mini dress and bizarre fiance/conservator combo Jason Trawick. Despite rumors of nerves, she looked confident and composed as she made her way to the first round of auditions in Austin this afternoon. In fact, we think she looks great! Looks like fellow reality judge Howard Stern isn’t going to get the train-wreck he was hoping for.

Maybe Brit got a call from former X Factor judge (and Pussycat Doll) Nicole Scherzinger! Our very own Janell Snowdon recently caught up with the lovely Nicole, and the singer offered some soothing words on how Britney and Demi Lovato can make the most of their time on the show. “Speak from your heart,” she says. “Just be you. That’s what Simon always told me, ‘Just be you.’” Check out the full interview in the video above, and more photos from Britney’s first day in the gallery below!

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Britney Spears Signs Onto The X Factor. For Real This Time.

We’ve been waiting for Britney Spears to officially sign for a judge’s position on The X Factor longer than we’d been waiting for Jessica Simpson to pop out that baby. So, about 5,000 years or so? We kid, of course, but BritBrit’s alleged involvement with the show has been dangling over our heads almost since the new year. According to E! Online, however, Spears will definitely be filling Paula Abdul’s shoes (or Nicole Scherzinger‘s, depending on which chair they give her) to the tune of $15 million next season. “She can’t wait to sit down next to Simon at the judges’ table and give this everything she’s got,” a source told the site. “She is excited about showing the world that she can do this, and do this well. This is the perfect next stage in her career. Both Britney and Simon are very excited to work together.” We’re excited too! Just to know one way or the other what happening! Indecision makes us terrifically nervous!

Now that Britney is on board, the X Factor‘s panel has just one last slot to fill. Will it be Miley Cyrus? Demi Lovato? E! points out that Fox will probably want to lock down their fourth judge before they have to present their line-up at next week’s upfronts. Since it’s unlikely advertisers will be willing to push upfronts back a few millennium, it looks like we’ll know who will be joining Britney, Simon Cowell and L.A. Reid sooner than we thought.

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Rihanna Is Sad That She Doesn’t Get Any Booty Calls

Even though she’s officially been named the Sexiest Woman Alive, Rihanna still deals with the ups and downs of dating just like the rest of us. The singer recently stopped by Ellen, where she donned a snuggie and discussed her (strong) feelings on the single life. “It sucks!” she says. “I’m not dating at all. It’s kind of whack.” She fears that her prestigious title, fame and consistent lack of pants might scare off any potential suitors. “I would say at times it can be intimidating, but then it’s no good,” she explained. “I can’t have guys that are intimidated by me.”

So what does the Barbadian beauty look for in a man? “I like men that are more aggressive,” she revealed. “I like them to be sure of themselves and know that you’re the man. I’m the lady and the only way for us to make this work is for us to play our role. … I can’t be the man for you.” You’d think that dudes would be lining up to be Riri’s man, but sadly her career makes looking for love extremely difficult.

“I do put a lot into my job; most of my time if not all of it. … It definitely affects my personal life,” she said. And she feels it, both in her heart and in, err, another place too. “My personal life is pretty much non-existent, which is not good, not for the long run. Not for me, not for ‘her,’” she says, pointing to her crotch. “It’s not fun. That’s why I stay on Twitter a lot, so I can [chat] with my fans. Because I don’t get any booty calls.” Are “booty tweets” a thing yet? At least she channeled her sexual frustration into making her new record Talk That Talk one of the naughtiest albums in pop history!

But Rihanna doesn’t let her relationship woes get her down. After talking with Ellen she wheeled on over to the X Factor stage and tore into a killer version of her latest hit single, ‘We Found Love’. Check out the vid under the jump!

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Simon Cowell Announces Mariah Carey Will Hold Dominion Over X Factor

Who will judge the judges? The thought might have crossed your mind more than once after seeing the coddling going on over at American Idol this season. Someone tell JLo to get her flawlessly manicured claws out! We saw her in Enough; we know what she’s capable of. Luckily, over on Simon Cowell’s X-Factor, Mariah Carey might be the judge of the judges, if she gets her way. “Her idea was to be the judge of the judges, which only Mariah could come up with,” Cowell said in an interview. “She’ll be involved in some form. I literally adore her. I love her to bits.”

While Carey might seem like a sweetheart, you don’t succeed in the music industry as long as she has without developing some serious bite, no matter how many Hello Kitty Snuggies you have laying around. The judges that might be feeling Mimi’s wrath will hopefully include Nicki Minaj and/or Nicole Scherzinger, neither of whom seems like she would hold her tongue if confronted with someone truly atrocious. Now we can start imagining how Carey will come flying in at the beginning of every episode, dressed Versace judicial robes and holding a giant rhinestone gavel. You know she already has them sitting in the back of one of her closets somewhere, so we’re a step ahead already.

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