Jessica Simpson May Get An Upgrade, Thanks To ‘X Factor’

Despite rumors, Jessica Simpson never made it to the judge’s circle on American Idol.  But the reality star/popish-country singer might get her golden ticket back to telly.  A source close to Simon Cowell’s highly-anticipated X Factor tells PEOPLE that Simpson is a “frontrunner” for one of the judge’s seats on the competition series.   There’s a lot of buzz going around about who Cowell will select, but he’s not making the decision lightly.  The source claims that the judges will have to do more than just show up and shatter dreams.  They’ll be expected to “work with contestants on music, dancers, styling.”  Despite the promise of a rigorous job description, Simpson seems very interested in becoming part of this much-talked about series that has taken Europe by storm.

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Simpson arrived at LAX back in early January just begging for a caption:  “I’m the next X Factor star, ya’ll!”

X Factor, which aired a larger-than-life commercial of Cowell during this year’s Super Bowl, will make its American debut next Fall.