Despite rumors that Nicole Scherzinger and Nicki Minaj would judge on The X Factor, Simon Cowell‘s other singing competition that he’s importing to the U.S. this fall, Cowell has revealed his choices for judges and it doesn’t include the Pussycat Doll or the “Pink Friday” singer. In an interview with Deadline.com, Cowell revealed that the X Factor judges include L.A. Reid, UK pop star Cheryl Cole and Paula Abdul. And of course as it was reported earlier, Mariah Carey will participate in the show as a judge of the judges—we’re unclear exactly what she’ll be doing, but we imagine she’ll Skype in from her glitter and rainbow nursery while tending to the twins. Or something.
Cowell explained his choices and said of Cole, “This girl is special. She’s just got a great ability to communicate. She’s a great judge. She’s smart. It’s just a hunch. If people take to her like the British public did, I think she’s going to do really well in America.” And as for Abdul, though her contract isn’t signed, Cowell speaks fondly of her and seems extremely hopeful about getting her on the show. “I’ve always wanted Paula. Always been very vocal about that. I missed her the second she left the show. Always loved working with her even though she can be a pain. And I’ve been consistent about this. I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t know what it is about her, but I’ve always clicked with her.Ã‚Â You just have to get that chemistry, and she’s right.”
Simon + Paula 4eva! We knew those two couldn’t stay away from each other for long! Reid is the one judge whose contract has been signed, sealed and delivered for ages now, and as the former chairman of Island Def Jam, he’s obviously got the talent-scouting chops. The show will debut in September.
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