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"X Factor" producers are concerned about their upcoming live shows featuring Britney Spears. They are worried that she may say something that cannot be censored and have requested more time delays in order to protect themselves from Spears' uncontrolled comments.
"Britney has been getting her life back together this year. Everyone around her has worked hard to get her back to a good place and keep her there, and what Lufti's doing seems like it might undo their good work," a friend of Spears told the Daily Mail.
Spears' friend is worried that allegations of her past drug use, made by Lufti, could unravel all the hard work and progress she has made. Spears has been incredibly focused with her work on the "X Factor," even taking the title "queen of mean" from co-host Simon Cowell.
"It's not surprising people are concerned," a source close to the show's producers also told Daily Mail. "It's going to be a huge test for her and there's a lot of pressure. In fact, producers have had meetings to discuss having an extended time delay on the live show broadcast, which is usually seven seconds delay."
The live episodes start on Nov. 1, not giving Fox producers much time to figure out a solution to what could be an embarrassing problem.
"Britney is going to be live on-air for three hours a week. If anything goes wrong, it happens in front of the whole country- there is no rewind button on live TV. Taping auditions is one thing when they have a whole day to take breaks, but live shows could be a train wreck if she isn't super-prepared for it or if she can't handle the pressure," the source added.
"X Factor" airs on Fox on Monday nights at 8:00 p.m. ET.