Simon Cowell "Flattered" Britney Spears Is Interested in Judging X Factor

Entertainment Feb. 23, 2012 AT 9:39AM
Simon Cowell "Flattered" Britney Spears Is Interested in Judging X Factor Credit: Mark Davis/Getty; Larry Busacca/Getty

Does Britney Spears have The X Factor?

As Fox's competition series restructures its talent roster for season two, the 30-year-old pop star has expressed a keen interest in joining the series, reaching out to executives to angle for a gig.

While creator and show mentor Simon Cowell hesitates to confirm any casting rumors, the 52-year-old reality TV mogul does tell Us Weekly he's "flattered" by Spears' interest.

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"I couldn't comment on it," Cowell said of potential interest from Spears and Janet Jackson. "Are we flattered that there could be interest? Yes. Other than that, there's going to be a lot of twists and turns over the next few weeks and a lot of things we're going to announce."

Remaining tight-lipped on potential format changes for the show's second season, Cowell did confirm he'll recruit two new women for the judging panel and two personalities to host.

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"It's almost impossible to have one person doing this hosting job. You've got so much information now on telephone lines, the integrations of the sponsors -- [the hosts are] like newscasters now," Cowell explains. "I think you can see a very different chemistry with two people. I always wanted a boy and a girl to host the show. I think that's definitely going to happen now."

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"I think we've learned how we can make the show better," he continued. "I like the fact that it's got very competitive now [against The Voice and American Idol]. It's kind of exciting."

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