Simon Cowell has yet to say who might fill the two vacant judges’ chairs on “The X Factor,” but he’s revealed that both Britney Spears and Janet Jackson would make good choices.
The British TV mogul called into “The Billy Bush Show,” where he spoke “hypothetically” about the possibility of the two pop stars joining the show.
“I’m fascinated by [Britney.] The fact that she’s one of the most talked about – not just pop stars – but people in the world today, means that you’ve got this star power,” Simon told Billy Bush when asked about the rumors of Britney joining the show – stressing that he could neither confirm nor deny who he and the show’s producers have spoken with.
“This girl has got resilience,” he said of the pop princess. “I would think that if she’s managed to sustain a family, a career, which is tough, [‘X Factor’ would be] a walk in the park.”
Billy pointed out that Britney has not had the free forum that “The X Factor” would provide her in many years.
“I would be fascinated to hear what she had to say,” he explained. “She’s still hot, she’s still having hit records and she’s still controversial, there’s a reason for that.”
Simon also spoke briefly about the possibility of Janet becoming a judge, saying, “Would she be a good judge? Yes.”
The biting Brit explained to Billy that the upcoming season of his reality completion series would be different than the first.
“We’re making a new show this year,” he continued. “We have to put much more emphasis on the contestants this year.”
Simon also spoke about the departure of Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger.
“The me and Paula thing was too reminiscent of what we’d seen in the past… and the network felt quite strongly that there needed to be a bigger separation,” he explained, referring to their time together on “American Idol.” “I understand the argument, even though I would have liked to have kept Paula.”
As for Nicole’s departure, Simon remained a bit cagier, telling Billy, “And with Nicole, I don’t know what the exact reason was, because people liked her. They just felt that if they were going to bring somebody else in that they had some ideas for people who could work well together.”
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