After Simon Cowell‘s colossal cast cull on the X Factor USA, speculation has been rife about just who will replace ousted judges Nicole Scherzinger and Paula Abdul.
And while names such as Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj have been touted as potential successors, a surprise name has reportedly thrown her wig into the mix – Janet Jackson.
Details after the jump…
As earlier reported, the Pop icon made a visit to the Anderson show this week. And while the interview will air next Monday, interesting soundbites from her chat with host Anderson Cooper have emerged. Indeed when quizzed on whether she’ll be joining the X Factor USA as a judge, the 45 year old said:
Janet: Oh my God
She then began to stumble all over her words (while laughing).
Janet: No I’m not a judge on The X Factor.
Anderson: You’re not currently a judge on The X Factor.”
Janet: “No, I am not. But that’s all I really think I should say.
Anderson: Intriguing, I will say.
Intriguing indeed. However, not only because Jackson would bring with her ample star power and an undeniable X Factor of her own, but also because it would see her working alongside surviving judge LA Reid.
Who could forget the infamous ‘Discipline’ episode in 2008, which saw Reid sign his “dream” signee Janet to then-label Def Jam, only for the whole shabang to quickly become a nightmare for both. Jackson wrote nothing on the LP, which would go on to under-perform amidst public disagreement about single choices. The pair would then part ways not long after.
Still, this would be one hell of an opportunity for Janet (while of course being a bigger one for Simon. Alas, I digress).
Having wrapped a successful “hey promoters, I’m still a force” tour, and with a number of movies on the horizon, the talent-search could easily serve as the icing on the 45 year old’s “comeback cake”. One which we hope to taste soon.
Do YOU think Janet would make a good X Factor judge?