Janet Jackson declines spot on ‘X Factor’ panel
Janet Jackson, Pink, Katy Perry, Fergie, Britney Spears, Avril Lavigne — the reported candidates for the two open judges’ spots on Fox’s “The X Factor” keep rolling in. But one of those artists apparently isn’t interested: Miss Jackson has taken herself out of the running.
The singer told Theinsider.com that she’s “very flattered that ‘X Factor’ let me know that I was being considered for next season, but it just wouldn’t be possible.”
Miss Jackson said previous commitments to her “Number Ones — Up Close and Personal” tour and Lionsgate (which produced her 2010 film, Tyler Perry’s “For Colored Girls”) keep her from accepting a TV gig at this time.
Although the artist’s reps told the site she never took any meetings to discuss joining “X Factor,” the Hollywood Reporter’s sources said she was in very early talks about joining the show in mid-february. She also tiptoed around the idea when she appeared on Anderson Cooper’s daytime show, “Anderson,” on Feb. 20.
During a press call last week, Simon Cowell said he would be taking meetings during the next few weeks with artists who have expressed interest in the positions formerly held by Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger. He also said the series will replace host Steve Jones with two hosts in season two — a man and a woman.