(LOS ANGELES) — At this point, there aren’t many established female pop stars out there whose names haven’t been mentioned as possible judges for The X Factor. But now you can add another name to that list: Britney Spears. A source close to Spears tells Us Weekly that the singer wants to join the show, and has even reached out to test the waters.
So far, Simon Cowell has yet to announce any official replacements for the departing Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger. Among the stars whose names have been mentioned as possible judges: Mariah Carey, Janet Jackson, Fergie and, before she died, Whitney Houston.
During a conference call on Wednesday with reporters, Simon refused to confirm or comment on any of those names.
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Brian Stelter, CNN