“The X Factor” executive producer Simon Cowell has confirmed what I have already reported in this column: Mariah Carey, Elton John and Beyoncé will not be judges on “The X Factor” U.S.
Even though dozens of media outlets reported that Cowell had offered Beyoncé either $100 million or $500 million to be a judge on the show, I said all along that this is a false rumor. And now, Cowell has gone on record to say that it is indeed a total fabrication that Beyoncé was offered this much money to be a judge on the show.
And even though a British tabloid reported that Cowell and other “X Factor” bosses are pursuing John to become a judge on the show in 2012, I also said that John wouldn’t be a judge on the show because John has his Las Vegas show commitments through 2014, and because John has been highly critical of “The X Factor.” Cowell has now set the record straight to confirm that John will definitely not be an “X Factor” judge because John would be “really difficult” to work with as a judge on the show.
Cowell also hinted at something else I have already reported: Katy Perry is one of his top choices to be an “X Factor” U.S. judge.
He confirmed all of this information in an interview with “Extra” that was televised on February 7, 2012. It was Cowell’s first interview since “The X Factor” U.S. shakeup that resulted in the firings of host Steve Jones and judges Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger.
Cowell and Epic Records chairman/CEO Antonio “L.A.” Reid will continue as judges on the show in 2012.
According to Cowell, “X Factor” bosses decided to dismiss Jones, Abdul and Scherzinger “at the beginning of the year. We were told it had to happen straight away.”
Cowell also said that he wants a man and a woman to co-host “The X Factor” U.S., which was his original plan before the show even launched.
Here are some of the other things that Cowell said in the “Extra” interview:
On “The X Factor” U.S. shakeup and how Abdul and Scherzinger reacted to being fired: “It wasn’t a massive shakeup … I would have liked to have kept [Paula Abdul]. She was very gracious, and I said that to her. She understands that it’s business. It’s never personal … I don’t think [Nicole Scherzinger] is mad. I think she’s disappointed.”
On why Reid wasn’t fired from “The X Factor”: “There’s not a record executive out there, I don’t think, who is as good as him for the job.”
On whether or not it is true that Beyoncé was offered $100 million to be an “X Factor” judge: “No! I don’t know where this rumor came from. I read it online that I had offered her $100 million a year. It’s complete nonsense! … I genuinely haven’t had a conversation with her about it.”
Cowell also weighed in with his opinions of other stars and the likelihood that they will be an “X Factor” U.S. judge:
- Elton John: “No, he wouldn’t do it and he would be really difficult to work with.”
- Madonna: “I think she would be great … Expensive!” (As previously reported, Madonna already confirmed at her Super Bowl XLVI press conference that she’s not interested in being an “X Factor” judge. “I think I have enough jobs,” she said.)
- Mariah Carey: “She will not be on the list … I would love her, but you can’t expect someone who’s just had two kids and has got a record career to make the kind of commitment we would need on this show.”
- Katy Perry: “I think she would be fun. And she’s hard, in a good way. And she’s feisty.”