Nicole Scherzinger To Host The X Factor USA?
As Simon Cowell rules Mariah Carey out of the judging line-up...
The Pussycat Dolls singer, who was originally Simon Cowell negotiating a deal with her label,Cheryl Cole joining him as a panelist Stateside, with reports suggesting SiCo has "been fighting her corner" against Nicki Minajall being named as potential judges on the show.
Pregnant star Mariah Carey had also been in the mix to star alongside SiCo and Reid, but Cowell has since confirmed that she will NOT feature on the US panel.
Simon announced the news to the Los Angeles Times, stating: "I can tell you officially that Mariah will not be on the panel, mainly because I think she's still gonna be pregnant at the time we start filming and she's gonna need some time off,"
The 51-year old added: "She couldn't start working straight away, and they're long days. But we're hopeful there will be a role for her - and I'm not sure what yet - on the live shows. She wants to be involved."
Cowell has previously stated that he is set to confirm the rest of The X Factor USA judges at some point this week, with the first auditions kicking off on 27th March.
Come on Simon, put us (and Cheryl) out of our misery...