Simon Cowell eyes Mariah Carey for US X Factor

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 1 February 2012
Simon Cowell

Simon Cowell

Simon Cowell is reportedly hoping Mariah Carey will replace one of the axed judges - Paula Abdul or Nicole Scherzinger - on the US 'X Factor'

Simon Cowell wants Mariah Carey to join the US 'X Factor'.

After announcing yesterday (31.01.12) that he had axed presenter Steve Jones and judges Nicole Scherzinger and Paula Abdul from the show, the 52-year-old music mogul is reportedly determined to persuade the 'Hero' singer to get on board for the new series.

A source told the Daily Mirror newspaper: "Simon wants nothing but the best for the 'X Factor' and Mariah is the best."

Last April, Simon spoke of his admiration for Mariah, and although he insisted she would be "involved in some form" it never came to fruition.

He said at the time: "I think Mariah will have a role on the TV live shows. I met her recently and she was on great form. And her idea was to be the judge of the judges, which only Mariah could come up with.

"She'll be involved in some form. I literally adore her. I love her to bits."

However, Mariah's husband, 'America's Got Talent' presenter Nick Cannon, has claimed the role would be a step down for his superstar spouse.

He explained: "Why would my wife want to be on a show like that? For somebody who has a legendary career I don't know why they would."

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