L.A. Reid signs on for 'X Factor's' second season
February 6th, 2012
04:12 PM ET

L.A. Reid signs on for 'X Factor's' second season

While his "X Factor" colleagues say their farewells, Epic Records Chairman/CEO L.A. Reid is signing on for another season.

Both Fox and a rep for Reid tell CNN that the record exec will be a mentor/judge alongside Simon Cowell once again.

Reid is the last man standing with Cowell, as former mentors/judges Nicole Scherzinger and Paula Abdul, as well as former host Steve Jones, all exited the reality competition last week.

There's speculation as to why Reid is sticking around, with some pointing to a possibility that he was the best received by the audience last season. He's also the one who's signed "X Factor" contenders, including season 1 winner Melanie Amaro, to his label. In addition to Amaro, Reid has brought Chris Rene, Marcus Canty and teen rapper Astro into the Epic Records fold.

As for who will join Reid and Cowell at the judges' table, we'll have to wait and see. There are rumors that Mariah Carey is being considered, but who would be your picks?

Filed under: television • X Factor

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  2. Malcolm Serbert

    I agree that it would be nice if the judges could concentrate on the performers and all get on together. But I live in England and the X factor over here is based around confrontation, because Simon Cowell seems to think that this is what the public want. I think he's wrong and I hope that America will send him a clear message about this.

    February 7, 2012 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  3. deebee

    This show did need a shakeup, instead of bickering amongst themselves, they should of been speaking only to the contenders constructivly, maybe getting a well known voice coach and a profound professional singer would add a mix to the record producer and the talent seeker and then they could maybe work together with input from all sides, and not argue with one another... You can be constructive without being down right mean, if one tries hard enough... This show produced alot of talent and helped many along the way, would hate to see people's dreams go away cause professionals that have made it ruin a good thing....

    February 7, 2012 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
  4. Lass

    That's it, I will NOT be Watching the show next year! Great concept, great singers, now if we could
    just do something about the childish bickering.......and oh my, L A Rude was THE worst judge EVER!!

    February 7, 2012 at 8:29 am | Report abuse |
  5. Rosemary Fawley

    I think the biggest problem with the X-factor was that there was too much bickering between the judges. It took away from the contestants. The show became "the judges:". Too bad. This is why I quit watching the show, as did many of my friends.

    February 7, 2012 at 1:31 am | Report abuse |
  6. Booo

    I pick Cyndi Lauper, Rod Stewart, or Tina Turner. Just throwing it out there.

    February 6, 2012 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • mommajam

      Good choices. They need at least one judge with some performing experience..

      February 7, 2012 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
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