Everyone wants to know who will be joining Simon Cowell at the judges table on the new Fox show, The X Factor, which premieres this fall. Latest rumors say 30-year-old singer Jessica Simpson is a likely “frontrunner” for a judging spot on the show.
“There [are] loads of conversations happening at the moment,” a source says. “No one has been offered a judging role yet as new names keep coming forward who want the role, but there are some frontrunners and it’s fair to say Jessica is one of them. She’s very keen.”
“She knows what she is talking about [and] is talented and likable,” the source says. “But Simon’s not in a rush to decide. The judges have to mentor on The X Factor – it’s more than just turning up for a few hours a week to appear on TV.”
Unlike American Idol, the judges must also spend time mentoring the contestants, in addition to judging the performances.
The judges will have to “work with contestants on music, dancers, styling,” the source adds. “It’s a lot of work.”
“They have to get the decision right, which takes time,” the source says. “Those final decisions may not happen for a few weeks.”