In news that has surprised nobody (with the possible exception of NSW Supreme Court Justice David Hammerschlag) Mel B is returning to The X Factor.
She was confirmed as the ‘Underdog Judge’ last night, choosing 3 finalists from acts eliminated by fellow judges Guy Sebastian, Iggy Azalea and Adam Lambert.
Melanie Brown was on The X Factor Australia in 2011 and 2012 until Seven released her from her contract due to family issues and visas for Australia. But when Nine snapped her up for Australia’s Got Talent in 2013, Seven took her to court for breach of contract.
Seven’s Director of Production, Brad Lyons, told the court of negotiations with Brown’s husband Stephen Belafonte in which he agreed to release Brown from the series (but hoped to involve her in “home visits”). The agreement was that Brown could not work for any other network during the dates of their contract.
In the end the court agreed with Lyons position over Belafonte’s, noting “The problem is with Mel.” It was an expensive battle with Nine having to pay costs.
Three years later, both sides are back at work together.
This week Brown said, “My family and I love Australia and cannot wait to get back there.”