X Factor Changes

February 24, 2012 by staff 

X Factor Changes, Simon Cowell and L.A. Reid spoke candidly to reporters Wednesday about the major changes coming in the second season of “The X Factor,” revealing that while replacements for Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger have not been secured, viewers can expect two female judges to join the panel this fall as well as two hosts — one male and one female.

Addressing rumors that Janet Jackson and Britney Spears have been approached to step in for Abdul and Scherzinger, who were fired from the show in January, Cowell would not confirm whom producers were talking to but did not deny that Jackson was on the table. “You can probably count on two girls,” Reid added. “That we can confirm.”

“There’s a load of speculation, some true, some not true. It’s true to say that a lot more people have entered the frame this year. We were waiting to see who was going to contact us before we actually contacted people,” Cowell told reporters on the conference call. “We’re in that place right now, which is a good place to be in. We will meet a number of people over the next few weeks, mainly to explain to them that this is a big commitment when you do a show like this because of the mentoring aspect.”

Reid also elaborated on talk that the late Whitney Houston was in talks to join the show prior to her tragic death on February 11 in Beverly Hills.

“We love Whitney and we would have certainly considered it,” he said. “But the truth is, it never quite came to that. There was an entrance there, but we never actually had meetings about it. But, again, we’re both huge fans and we’re sad about the loss. But we didn’t really get that far.”

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