A person familiar with the show’s negotiations say Carey is being pursued to join the judging panel of the Fox talent competition. The source requested anonymity because of the private nature of negotiations, which were termed as serious. Carey has also been courted by other talent competitions, and her name has been thrown out in the past for “Idol” and other shows.
There are two openings: Both Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tylerannounced last week that they were leaving as judges after two seasons. Randy Jackson, who is a manager, producer and friend of Carey’s, is the only judge left. There are reports that Jackson’s role may shift as well.
It would seem all the rumors swirling around for months have come true. X Factor‘s host, Steve Jones got fired. That rumor was the first one I heard.
Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger have been let go as well. The two women spent most of the season crying or telling us they couldn’t vote to send people home. Paula was also the first judge to have all her contestants eliminated, rather early in the competition.
Simon evidently has another project for Paula. I don’t think Simon ever cared for Nicole. Steve grew on me as the season went along but he certainly doesn’t have the appeal of a Ryan Seacrest. Even though Simon and LA Reid fought a lot, LA Reid was a fierce competitor to the end and has probably gained Simon’s respect because of it.
Names circulating around are Mariah Carey, Nicki Manaj and Katy Perry for judges. Cheryl Cole is also allowed to return if she wants to. Perez Hylton also threw his “hat in the ring’. (Please ignore that train wreck!)
So we wait and see who Simon ultimately chooses. It would seem that things can only get better.