Judging the Judges: Howard Stern vs. Britney Spears
They’re the newest high-profile judges to join reality talent-show competitions — but will it be Stern or Spears who makes the best case?
By Doug Barry
Howard Stern and Britney Spears are about to become America’s new favorite reality-show talent competition judges … maybe. Stern is about to debut on America’s Got Talent, and it was just announced that Spears (along with Demi Lovato) will be heading Simon Cowell’s X-Factor with hopes that she can boost the relatively disappointing ratings of the show’s first U.S. season. To figure out if Stern or Spears will be the better judge, we’ve judged the judges based on extremely scientific criteria.
Stern: “King of All Media” who’s the most successful radio personality of all time in addition to being a best-selling author, a producer, and an actor
Spears: Has sold more than 100 million albums … and has often appeared in court before judges
Stern: Must follow through on his pledge that we won’t turn America’s Got Talent into The Howard Stern Show; some people fear he’ll be offensive
Spears: Must differentiate herself from American Idol judge Jennifer Lopez; some people also fear she’ll be caught washing down Flamin’ Hot Cheetos with 84 oz. Pepsis while acts are performing
SHOW BUSINESS SAVVY
Before The Tonight Show fiasco between Conan O’Brien and Jay Leno, Stern warned Conan it would get messy because of Leno’s ego
Spears: Shaved her head and went berserk on a photographer’s car in the mid-2000s
Spears: Has to erase concerns she’s an insane imbecille before they’ll believe she can judge