Simon Cowell wants another male judge for X Factor

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 18 May 2014
Simon Cowell

Simon Cowell

'The X Factor' boss Simon Cowell is said to want a huge male star for the show's judging panel after his search for a woman to appear alongside Cheryl Cole didn't go to plan - and Ricky Martin is in line for a deal

Simon Cowell wants a huge male star for 'The X Factor' judging panel.

The media mogul's search for a woman to appear alongside Cheryl Cole isn't going to plan, so he's willing to compromise and go for another man - providing they are a big name.

An insider told the Sunday People newspaper: "Before it was only a woman that Simon wanted, now they've started taking meetings with boy too.

"Olly Murs was always top contender but he has other commitments. They are looking at lots of options, including Americans, but they want a biggie.

"What they want is someone hip and cool who speaks to the masses."

One name being tied to the show - potentially as Louis Walsh's replacement if ITV axe him from the next series - is 'Livin' La Vida Loca' hitmaker Ricky Martin.

Speaking to the Daily Star Sunday newspaper, a source said: "Ricky has had several discussing about becoming a judge and is keen to join the show.

"ITV want to replace Louis - and Ricky is their top choice. The problem is Simon is adamant he wants Louis on the panel and he usually gets his own way."

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