Simon Cowell coy on US 'X Factor' line-up

Thursday February 23, 2012

Simon Cowell is being coy about rumours that Fergie, Britney Spears and Janet Jackson are being considered for the US version of the X Factor.

Two judges' spots on the singing contest opened up when Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger left after the first season. 

The pop impresario said that two women will replace them, but he declined to comment on who is being considered.

"There's been a load of speculation, some true, some not true," he said.

Judge Antonio "LA" Reid confirmed there had been discussions about adding Whitney Houston but no contact was made before her death.

Meetings will be held over the next few weeks with "a number of people", the TV boss said, primarily to make it clear how much of a time commitment X Factor represents.

And he's not looking far for new judges.

"It's important we have more Americans on the show," he said.

Photo: © Getty

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