Simon Cowell: Who Will Be a Judge on X Factor?

Access Hollywood’s Laura Saltman managed to get a few names of people on Simon Cowell’s list of possibilities for the X Factor US judges panel. But as of now, Simon is not confirming anybody.

According to Simon,   George Michael, former Pussycat Dolls singer Nicole Scherzinger, Mariah Carey and Paula Abdul are all being considered for the show, but no one is a lock.

“Have you talked to her?” Laura asked, referring to the very pregnant Mariah Carey.

“Yeah, I’ve spoken to her. I mean literally, we’ve spoken to lots of people. I’ve spoken to Paula… ” Simon told Laura.

“Are they calling you or are you calling them?” Laura asked.

“Both. And then new people come along… [Two days ago], we met somebody who I’ve never met before in my life, who I just loved. And that’s why it’s good to kind of delay the process. It’s not about necessarily the TV show per se, it’s people. You genuinely gotta trust that they’re gonna be able to do the job you’re paying them to do. And like I said, a hit-maker who worked in America and has had experience, I think is crucial to this panel as well.”

Plus, are former Idol contestants allowed to audition for X Factor? In a word…Yes.

  • Watch Simon’s Tonight Show interview from last night HERE.

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Are former Idol contestants allowed to audition for X Factor?

On who Simon is considering on the judges panel.

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