Who Should Simon Cowell Hire to Join L.A. Reid on ‘X Factor’?

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Paula Abdul, George Michael, former Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger are all being considered, Cowell has said.

The Hollywood Reporter broke the news Wednesday that Simon Cowell has hired Antonio "L.A." Reid, Island Def Jam chairman, to be a judge on Fox's The X Factor. 

Now, the next question: Who should join him on the panel?
 
Reid’s hire is expected to be announced this week, sources tell THR, and Cowell has hinted about others who have made the shortlist, including his former American Idol colleague Paula Abdul.
 
"We've taken it down to a smaller group of people and she's in that panel," he told Access Hollywood earlier this month. "But, you know, it's more than me who makes the decision."
 
He said George Michael, former Pussycat Dolls singer Nicole Scherzinger and Mariah Carey also are being considered. Jessica Simpson also has been in talks, People previously reported.
 
Reid definitely won’t be sitting alongside Elton John.
 
Cowell dismissed rumors that the “Rocket Man” singer was in the running: "Well, he's so grumpy nowadays, I mean, it would be like, he'd just be moaning the whole time."
 
The X Factor premieres on Fox in September.
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