Janet Jackson Says No to ‘XFactor’

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: Jackson has taken
herself out of the running.
The singer tells 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
Jackson says 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 tell the
site that 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 those who have
expressed interest in the
positions formerly held by Paula
Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger. He
also said that the series will
replace Steve Jones with two
hosts on Season 2 – a male and a


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