Monday, March 21, 2011

Nicki Minaj possible judge on X Factor

As Simon Cowell plots his newest play for music millions, the X Factor boss is reportedly courting Nicki Minaj as a TV judge. The flamboyant MC might be lured away from major label studios and stadium tours to appear with record executive Antonio "LA" Reid on the US edition of The X Factor.

Besides Cowell, X Factor has announced only one of their judges so far. Reid, the music producer and former chairman of Island Def Jam, was named as a member of the panel on Friday. As a label exec, he helped launch the careers of Rihanna, Kanye West, Justin Bieber and the Killers, among many others. "Not only does [Reid] have an insanely good eye for talent, but he also has the personality and savvy to go toe-to-toe with Simon," Fox's Mike Darnell said in a statement. Apart from Minaj, other names being bandied about for the X Factor jury include the UK's own Cheryl Cole, Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger, and former Sony boss Tommy Mottola. Auditions for the show begin on 27 March.

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