One star who very well may join the cast of Simon Cowell's reality competition is Mariah Carey. Many insiders are betting that the diva is Simon's top choice for the show, since he wanted MiMi for the premiere season. At that time, while Mariah was "enthusiastic" about the opportunity, Simon revealed she was too busy tending to her newborn twins to take time for the gig.
While the diva herself has yet to respond to the speculation about her 'X Factor' future, Mimi's husband Nick Cannon decided to speak on the topic during his radio show 'Rollin' With Nick Cannon' last week.
"Like Nicole Scherzinger, my wife is not a fan of judging people. Nicole actually did say that she is used to performing, and the judging thing is not really natural for her," he explained. Nick continued, reminding us that his wife is one of the biggest recording superstar ever, "I really think that a lot of entertainers feel that way and I think these shows are really good shows, but when you get someone of status, or just big-time, career-wise, to do these shows, I personally think it's a step down."
"Why would would my wife want to be on a show like that?" Cannon asked. "For somebody who has a legendary career, I don't know why they would do that." So, it looks like Nick certainly has his opinions about his wife sitting on the 'X Factor' judges panel, but Mariah doesn't really seem like the kind of gal to let a man speak for her! We guess we'll have to wait and see if the rumors will become reality.
UPDATE 01/31/12: Both Nicole and Paula have posted messages to their Twitter pages confirming the reports that they will not be returning to the show. At about 3:00PM EST Nicole wrote, "I wanted to let you know directly from me that it's true I won't be returning to The X Factor. Looking forward to an exciting year ahead and making great music and more! I'm grateful for the love you always give me."
Just minutes later, Paula explained in a series of messages, "Yes, it's true; I won't be returning to The X Factor next season. I've learned through my longevity in this industry that business decisions often times override personal considerations ... Simon & I, along with Fox & Fremantle, have been communicating about this for a while now & I have absolute understanding of the situation. Simon is, and will remain a dear friend of mine and I've treasured my experience working this past season with my extended family at Fox and Fremantle. I want nothing more than for The X Factor to exceed ALL of their wildest dreams. This truly has been a blessing and I am most grateful."