Jessica Simpson Wants On X Factor, But Simon Wants Nicole Scherzinger

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We’re so psyched for Simon Cowell to come back to TV that we keep forgetting that other judges have to sit up there on The X Factor with him. Jessica Simpson doesn’t have that problem, though, since she really wants to be one. “They have definitely talked to me about X Factor,” Jessica told WWD. “I think it would be a lot of fun. It’s definitely my life. To be a mentor for up-and-coming artists is right up my alley. I would have loved to have a mentor. I love watching people’s dreams come true.” Hey, if Papa Joe Simpson wasn’t a mentor, what was he?

If Jessica did manage to get a spot next to Simon, she’d have to know she was a second choice—Simon made clear to TV Guide that he wants Nicole Scherzinger on The X Factor. “I want her to do it, but we’ve got to get the deal done and find someone she has chemistry with. But I absolutely adore her. She was fantastic on the U.K. X Factor and I’m hopeful it will happen.” It might be ironic for Nicole to push new talent into record deals when it took her four years to get her own solo album out (Killer Love finally dropped this month), but a high profile gig like this certainly couldn’t hurt her singing career. At least Jessica Simpson can console herself with being a billionaire—in the eyes of people who don’t understand how “fashion empires” work.

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