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‘I’m fascinated by her,’ Cowell says of singer, who’s rumored to be contender to join show.
By Jocelyn Vena
<P>There are several women’s names currently being tossed around as potential judges for the upcoming season of “X Factor.” Avril Lavigne, <a href=”/news/articles/1679730/x-factor-new-judges-hosts.jhtml”>Janet Jackson and Britney Spears</a> are the leading rumored contenders to replace <a href=”/news/articles/1678191/paula-abdul-exits-x-factor.jhtml”>Nicole Scherzinger and Paula Abdul</a> for the show’s completely revamped second season, which kicks off later this year.
</P><P>In a recent press call, Simon Cowell would not confirm who producers were talking to, but he did not deny that Jackson was on the table.
</P><P>”You can probably count on two girls,” fellow judge L.A. Reid added. “That we can confirm.”
</P><P>Cowell recently addressed the Britney buzz on Billy Bush’s <a href=”http://www.accesshollywood.com/billy-bush/simon-cowell-x-factor-would-be-a-walk-in-the-park-for-britney-spears_articletab_61327″ target=”_blank”>radio show</a>, continuing to play coy about the chatter. “Well, I’m fascinated by her. The fact that she’s still one of the most talked-about — not just pop stars, but people — in the world today means that you’ve got this star power. This girl’s got resilience, and the fact that she’s survived this and she’s still hot, she’s still having hit records and she’s still controversial … there’s a reason for that.
</P><P>”I would think that if she’s managed to sustain a family, a career, which is tough, this is a walk in the park,” he added, noting that he believes she would be a good judge.
</P><P>While Cowell seems to be dancing around the issue, British “X Factor” judge Louis Walsh may have let the cat out of the bag in an <a href=”http://www.breatheheavy.com/2012/02/uk-x-factor-judge-confirms-talks-with-britney/?utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=twitterfeed” target=”_blank”>interview</a> on U.K. talk show “Craig Doyle Live.” He shared that Spears was indeed talking to producers about possibly joining the show.
</P><P>”I know he is talking to Britney. I know he’s definitely talking to Britney to do the American show. Absolutely true and maybe Janet Jackson,” he said.
</P><P>In the end, Cowell summed up the current spate of rumors on that conference call. “There’s a load of speculation, some true, some not true. It’s true to say that a lot more people have entered the frame this year. We were waiting to see who was going to contact us before we actually contacted people,” he said last week. “We’re in that place right now, which is a good place to be in. We will meet a number of people over the next few weeks, mainly to explain to them that this is a big commitment when you do a show like this because of the mentoring aspect.”</p>
- Britney Spears
Meanwhile, Paula Abdul has been absent from the set since her final group was eliminated last week.
By Jim Cantiello
<P><i>MTV News’ own Jim Cantiello is exclusively covering “The X Factor” rehearsals. Read on for his fly-on-the-wall backstage report!</i> </P><P> </P><P><b>LOS ANGELES</b> — “The X Factor” top seven are back on the lot after their first (and only) mini-vacation of the season. And as the Thanksgiving tryptophan wears off, the anxiety of another double elimination is setting in. </P><P> </P><P></p><div class=”player-placeholder right” title=”‘X Factor’ Star Astro Teases His Michael Jackson Song Night Performance” id=”vid:714741″ width=”240″ height=”211″></div><p> </P><P> </P><P>Adding to the stress? “The X Factor” is tackling the songs of <a href=”http://www.mtv.com/music/artist/jackson_michael/artist.jhtml”>Michael Jackson</a> on Wednesday night (November 30), on the 29th anniversary of <i>Thriller</i>’s release, no less. </P><P> </P><P>One of the contestants is so stressed over the theme he’s emerged as a total perfectionist. During Monday’s rehearsals, he had already nixed multiple arrangements the show had provided him. “This is the most unprepared I’ve felt on a Monday,” he said to his mentor as they rushed out of Stage 36. There was a camera crew chasing them to capture the drama — as well as the ensuing late-night emergency meeting with the vocal coaches — so don’t be surprised if some of this intense footage ends up in your living room. (This afternoon’s dress rehearsal went swimmingly, for the record.) </P><P> </P><P>Meanwhile, one contestant had a full-on battle with his/her mentor over a chair. The mentor said, “Sit and sing.” The contestant said, “Again?! How about I do something on my feet for Michael Jackson week?” Another mentor came to the defense of the contestant. In the end, the contestant is sitting after all. Don’t worry, contestant. The eerie arrangement of an MJ classic is what folks are going to be buzzing about. No one will care if you sit or stand. In the control room, I spied one of the bigwigs utter the word “brilliant!” after the contestant’s dress rehearsal. </P><P> </P><P>Another hot topic: wardrobe! When paying homage to one of the biggest music icons ever, it’s tempting for the stylists to include clothing nods to Michael’s various looks. But several singers are worried they’ll look too much like Jackson impersonators, which has caused many a headache in the wardrobe trailer. But stylist June Ambrose is still able to keep things light in the midst of the drama. While waiting around for a contestant’s last-minute fitting, she started an impromptu MJ dance party on the lot. Crotch grabs and “woo” included! </P><P> </P><P>Lastly, Paula Abdul’s sunny energy has been noticeably absent on the CBS lot now that all her groups have been eliminated. She went from being the most hands-on mentor to an on-set ghost. “The X Factor” family can’t wait to welcome her back for her first live show as strictly a judge. What do you think she’s been doing with her newfound free time? </P><P> </P><P><b>You can catch Jim on the “X Factor Pepsi Pre-Show,” streaming at 7 p.m. ET tonight on <a href=”http://www.thexfactorusa.com/” target=”_blank”>TheXFactorUSA.com</a>!</b></p>
- Michael Jackson