March 13, 2012 1:20pm PT by THR Staff
Simon Cowell Addresses 'X Factor' Judges Search, Britney Spears' Potential Deal (Video)
As the hunt for the next X Factor judges continues, Simon Cowell continues to play coy on who will replace Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger at the judges table.
As The Hollywood Reporter first reported, Britney Spears could be nearing a deal to make her reality series debut as a judge on the buzzworthy U.K. import. A well place source told THR that Spears’ fiancé, agent Jason Trawick, is negotiating her contact, which could be signed as soon as this week.
“You’ll have to wait and see,” Cowell teased during an appearance on Good Day New York.
When asked about Spears’ potential involvement, the showrunner replied, “I can’t confirm or deny anything right now. The truth is, we are talking to a number of people. It changes on a daily basis to be honest with you.”
Cowell also admitted that two new names have come forth in the last 24-hours, including one “very famous singer” and one “very famous actress.”
“You've gotta talk to everybody,” he said.
Addressing the shocking firings of Abdul, Scherzinger and host Steve Jones, Cowell quipped, “They weren’t fired, darling. They just weren’t invited back.”
“With the host,” he added, “too many Brits on the show, if I’m being honest with you. One Brit allowed.”
“I always wanted a boy and a girl to host the show,” Cowell said. “And I like hosts who don’t kind of have a hosting background, you know. I like them when they’ve done acting and stuff like that. It’s a different kind of dynamic.”
Speaking with The Voice mentor Miranda Lambert at The Hunger Games premiere, THR asked the country singer what she thought of Spears joining the X Factor roster.
“Why not? I mean, she’s an icon,” Lambert said. “It’s a smart choice.”
“I think it’d be awesome,” added her Pistol Annies bandmate, Angaleena Presley.