Simon Cowell has whittled down his final picks for the X Factor US, spilling the tea to this week’s People magazine on just who might secure the coveted spot on the judging panel.
“Paula Abdul. She has good taste in music, though you didn’t always see that on TV. I also like Jessica Simpson. She knows what she’s talking about; she’s very into the mentoring side and is underrated as a singer. I think Cheryl Cole’s personality would translate in America…”
So it’s Jessica Simpson, Cheryl Cole, and Paula Abdul. But wait — Simon hasn’t completely forgotten all about Mariah Carey just yet.
“After Mariah Carey has her babies, there might be a role for her during the live shows,” he added.
Mimi’s hubby Nick Cannon elaborated a little more on what Cowell meant, revealing on his radio show that Mariah wanted in on the X Factor, but is too busy preparing to give birth and working on her new album to find the time right now. But, she’s still keen on being involved in the show, so they’re trying to work something out for her.
My vote goes to Jessica Simpson: Newlyweds made her a reality TV legend next to The Osbourne’s and Kim Kardashian, and her tabloidy popularity in the celebrity world makes her a perfect fit for a glitzy machine like X Factor. Plus, her ‘vibrant’ personality should also make for good viewing, setting her up as the new version of the cuckoo crazy Paula Abdul.
Paula had her time, and Cheryl Cole is just a no — in America, at least. And Nicole Scherzinger is way too boring for TV, so I’m not surprised her name has now been left out of discussions. It’s gotta be Jessica, unless they wanna book Khia for some real talk!
What do you think?