Britney Spears judging 'X Factor'?

By Deborah Kim,
Britney Spears at the 28th Annual MTV Video Music Awards. (Los Angeles, CA)

If these rumors are true, Simon Cowell sure is working hard to get some A-list judges on The X Factor. First there were reports Janet Jackson was being strongly considered as a judge, and now the gossip circuit is saying Britney Spears’s name is being thrown around.

The Hollywood Reporter reported Cowell hasn’t confirmed the news, but was pretty “flattered” by the rumor.

"Are we flattered that there could be interest? Yes," he said. "[But] I've learned a big lesson: keep your mouth shut. Don't give it all away."

According to People magazine, the show’s other confirmed judge, music producer L.A. Reid, also tried to keep mum on the rumors, but did give a little more information than Cowell.

"The only thing you can count on is that we will likely have two girls,” he said.

So there’s definitely a possibility that both Spears and Jackson will have a spot on the judge’s panel next season. However, they aren’t the only female names that have been mentioned.

“Fergalicious” singer Fergie has also found herself in the middle of all the “speculation.”

"There is a load of speculation," Cowell said. "Some true and some not true. It's true to say there are a lot more people who have entered the frame this year and we really waited to see who was going to contact us before we actually contacted people."

He added that he is meeting with a “number of people over the next few weeks.”

Let’s hope he secures some great judges.



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