Report: Randy Jackson to join Simon Cowell as 'The X Factor' judge
By Christopher Rocchio, 03/27/2007
First it was reported that The X Factor judge Sharon Osbourne was being imported from Britain for the upcoming second season of America's Got Talent. Now it looks like American Idol judge Randy Jackson might get exported to the U.K. to serve as a critic on The X Factor.
The X-Factor, an Idol-like talent competition that airs across the Atlantic and was created by Simon Cowell, recently fired judge Louis Walsh, an Irish music mogul, because the show's producers wanted to "freshen up" the series. And according to a recent report in The (London) Sun, Jackson -- Cowell's fellow Idol judge -- is "poised" to sign a "mega-bucks deal" with The X Factor's ITV network to replace Walsh.
"I'd love to do it," Jackson told The Sun. "I can't wait to come to London. It will be a fantastic opportunity."
Jackson is reportedly discussing terms of the deal with Cowell in Los Angeles.
"I love working with Simon. We're great friends," Jackson told The Sun.
If Jackson's signed, he'd join Cowell, Osbourne and a fourth celebrity yet-to-be-chosen for The X-Factor's fourth season judging panel. Former Newlyweds co-star Jessica Simpson, DJ Chris Moyles, British I'm a Celebrity, Get Me out of Here! star David Gest and former Spice Girl Mel B have all been "tipped" as possibilities for the spot as the fourth judge, The Sun reported.
A premiere date for the fourth season of The X-Factor has not been announced, but the series normally runs from late summer through early winter -- opposite Idol's broadcast schedule.