Ever since Simon Cowell actioned the X Factor USA bloodbath, speculation has been rife as to who would be replacing ousted judges Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger. And while many a name had been touted, Pop icon Janet Jackson drew the most headlines, after teasing that she’d been in talks to join the Fox show.
Yet, fans of the 45 year old will be disappointed today; for just as fast as she poured fuel on the flames, she’s now extinguished them. Janet, as per her own mouth, will not be joining the X Factor.
Find out why after the jump…
Talking to The Insider, Jackson said
“(I’m) very flattered that X Factor let me know that I was being considered for next season, but it just wouldn’t be possible.”
Going on to add that a previous to commitment to her Number Ones, Up, Close, & Personal Tour (which apparently reboots this Summer), as well as the shooting of a new Lionsgate movie, would not make any such TV role ‘realistic”.
The singer’s publicist concluded:
“There have been absolutely no meetings between Janet and anyone with regard to X-Factor“.
As one of the few who felt Janet could do with such a gig, news of her apparent refusal leaves a salty taste in the mouth.
I mean, it’s one thing if she was cooking up a new album (and even then, she’d benefit from the exposure), but it seems not. Just another leg on a tour that wrapped last year – and should have stayed there.
As an ardent appreciator of her body of work, as well as being one who oft roots for the underdog (*looks at her sales*), it seems I (like many) have been willing a “comeback” that Janet herself doesn’t desire. At least not in the musical sense.
That said, given the marked difference between what is said to the public and what actually goes down, it’s wholly possible that she was in the running and did indeed take meetings, but it fell through. Or someone else was picked. Who knows.
Whatever the case, this yet more hype for a show that seems to deliver more smoke than ratings. Time will tell if season two (which is promised will be entirely different) will fare better.