Janet Jack­son de­clines spot on ‘X Fac­tor’ panel

The Washington Times Daily - - Television -

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.

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