After firing Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger; Simon Cowell has been frantically searching for a big name to carry the second season of the hit show; "X Factor". Now in the running is none other than Janet "Ms. Jackson if ya nasty" Jackson. Read more below:
Just one week after The Hollywood Reporter broke news that Whitney Houston was under consideration for a judge's seat on the show, reports have surfaced that another pop icon is throwing her hat in the ring.
After an awkward interaction with Anderson Cooper on Thursday, in which Jackson tiptoed around the subject, sources tell THR that the singer has expressed interest in joining the show.
"Oh my God," the 45-year-old laughed on-air. "No I'm not a judge on The X Factor."
"You're not currently a judge on The X Factor," responded Cooper.
"No, I am not," said Jackson. "But that's all I really think I should say."
Any talks are currently in the preliminary stages, as Simon Cowell holds meetings this week with potential candidates to fill the shoes of ousted judges Paula Abdul, Nicole Scherzinger and host Steve Jones.
Another source tells THR that pop bad girl Pink is high on Cowell's wish list. The singer, whose real name is Alicia Moore, has credibility, Grammy Awards and sass, plus "she can take on Simon." Cowell has also acknowledged an interest in "I Kissed a Girl" singer Katy Perry, telling Extra, "I worked with Katy once. I think she would be fun because she is hard -- in a good way -- and she's feisty."
"She would be great," he continued. "In terms of experience, success... brilliant."