Janet Jackson in Talks to Become X Factor Judge

Entertainment Feb. 17, 2012 AT 10:23AM
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Janet Jackson may be joining Simon Cowell and L.A. Reid for the second season of The X Factor, multiple sources tell Us Weekly. The casting news comes weeks after Cowell fired judges Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger.

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"She wants a spot on the judging panel," a source close to Jackson, 45, explains. FOX has not confirmed or denied having discussions with the "Someone to Call My Lover" singer.

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Jackson fueled speculation when Anderson Cooper asked her about The X Factor on his eponymous talk show (airing Monday). "Oh my God," she said, bursting into a fit of giggles and covering her face. "No, I am not a judge on The X Factor."

"You're not currently a judge on The X Factor," Cooper, 44, said.

"No, I am not," Jackson replied, "but that's all I really think I should say."

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An X Factor source tells Us that Cowell, 52, "wants to go big, a big star" -- and Jackson very well may be the one.

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