Simon Cowell Says No Mariah Carey on the X Factor Panel

Perez Hilton broke the news earlier today.  Now Simon Cowell confirms it to the LA Times. Mariah Carey will not be a judge on X Factor:

“I can tell you officially that Mariah will not be on the panel, mainly because I think she’s still gonna be pregnant at the time we start filming and she’s gonna need some time off, ” well told Show Tracker Monday afternoon during a phone interview. Carey is expecting twins with husband Nick Cannon, the host of NBC’s “America’s Got Talent, ” which Cowell produces.

“She couldn’t start working straight away, and they’re long days, ” he added. “But we’re hopeful there will be a role for her — and I’m not sure what yet — on the live shows.”

“She wants to be involved, ” Cowell said.

X Factor auditions begin later this week in Los Angeles.  So far, Simon and L.A. Reid are confirmed for the judges panel.  Two females are expected to be announced soon, with Paula Abdul, Nicki MinajCheryl Cole and in the mix.

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