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Jessica to judge X Factor?

tv Updated: Mar 05, 2011 01:25 IST
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Singer Jessica Simpson is reportedly one of the front-runners to be on the judging panel of the US version of

The X Factor

. The 30-year-old is at the top of Simon Cowell’s list to take on one of the coveted judge-and-mentor roles on the show when it is launched this year,


“No one has been offered a judging role yet as new names keep coming forward who want the role, but there are some front-runners and it’s fair to say Jessica is one of them. She’s very keen,” said a source.

“She knows she is talented and likable. 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,” he added.

Other people who are being tipped as favourites are Nicole Scherzinger, Mariah Carey and Cheryl Cole.