Simon Cowell Releases ‘X-Factor’ Judges Panel Short List

Simon Cowell, snapped with his fiance Mezhgan Hussainy at Mr. Chow restaurant on February 23rd, is in the middle of transitioning from American Idol to X-Factor.  The hit UK show is crossing the pond to America and Cowell has the short list of the possible judges for the show!

In an interview with Access Hollywood, Cowell confirmed George Michael, Nicole Scherzinger of the Pussycat Dolls, Mariah Carey and Paula Abdul are being considered as judges for X-Factor.  This is not an official list of celebrity judges.  X-Factor is set to premiere this fall on FOX.  The winner of the competition receives 5 million dollars and multiple member acts are up for consideration.

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Missing from the list is rumored judge, Jessica Simpson and Elton John and Katy Perry.  Cowell commented on John saying, “Well, he’s so grumpy nowadays, I mean, it would be like, he’d just be moaning the whole time.”  What do you think of the possible judges panel for X-Factor?  Are you disappointed that Cheryl Cole won’t be joining the American X-Factor judges panel?  Simon Cowell explains the possible judges below in the video!