Between Kelly Rowland, LeAnn Rimes and Britney Spears all rumored to be intrigued by the idea of judging on "The X Factor," it doesn't look like Simon Cowell is hurting for possibilities.
Cowell wouldn't confirm or deny the gossip in a talk with reporters Wednesday, but he did say he's currently exploring his options.
"We will meet with a number of people over the next few weeks," Cowell said. "There is loads of speculation. There are a lot more people who have entered the fray this year. We wanted to see who would contact us before we contact people. That's a good place to be."
Simon Cowell was "convinced" that 14-year-old former "X Factor" contestant Rachel Crow would end up on TV after getting cut from the reality competition last year, and he was right.
Rachel Crow has not only landed a talent deal with Nickelodeon that will see her star in her own musical comedy pilot, but she's also snagged a recording contract with Columbia Records, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Finally able to share the news on Wednesday, the young star tweeted to her fans, "Were u all excited to hear about Nickelodeon and Columbia records? Cause I sure was."
Before his talent competition resumes with its second season, Simon Cowell is searching for a few talented judges - and rumors are circulating that Janet Jackson might be a contender.
The superstar singer will be on Anderson Cooper's daytime show "Anderson" on Monday, and in a promo, Cooper asks her if she might be a judge on the "X Factor."
All Jackson could do was laugh in response, saying ,"No, I am not....But that's really all I think I should say."
Simon Cowell has said that Beyonce isn't being offered $100 million to join a vacant seat on "The X Factor," but could he consider Beyonce's former groupmate, Kelly Rowland?
After all, the singer has plenty of experience, as she's served as a judge on the "X Factor" in the U.K.
Rowland, who turns 31 Saturday, says "it would be awesome to be a judge over here for 'X Factor.' I really enjoyed my time over in the U.K. being a judge."
She continued, "That was a great opportunity and a great experience, and I would love to do it again."
So what say you, Cowell? And what about you - do think the former Destiny's Child singer would be a good fit with Cowell and L.A. Reid, now that Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger are off the show?
If season 1 of "The X Factor" was "basically an audition act," as Fox's president of alternative entertainment, Mike Darnell, has said, former "X Factor" mentor/judge Nicole Scherzinger gave that "audition" her all.
The singer speaks on her recent, sudden departure from the series in an interview with "Access Hollywood," although she doesn't articulate exactly what happened with her exit.
"What happened? Well, all I know is that I gave 110 percent to that show," Scherzinger says. "I know everybody's talking about it, they're saying good, bad, they love me, they hate me, but one thing you can't say is that I didn't give it my all."
As promised, "X Factor's" season one winner Melanie Amaro showcased her pipes while promoting for Pepsi in a commercial on Sunday - and she received some assistance from none other than Sir Elton John.
The ad spot had Elton ruthlessly presiding over a medieval court, stingily withholding Pepsi from desiring performers until Amaro comes and puts him in his place (in this case, the dungeon, which was also inhabited by Flavor Flav) with her take on Aretha Franklin's "Respect."
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