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'The X Factor' Update: Enrique Iglesias, L.A. Reid On Board?

by Jean Bentley, posted Mar 16th 2011 5:08PM
Enrique Iglesias, L.A. ReidSimon Cowell won't let 'American Idol' hog all the glory this Wednesday -- two new names have been added to the long list of rumored 'X Factor' personalities.

According to new reports, two music icons are in talks to join the series. Noted record producer Antonio L.A. Reid will join 'The X Factor' as a judge, according to The Hollywood Reporter, and pop star Enrique Iglesias is also on board -- but probably as a host.

Deadline reports that Cowell wants to shake things up by hiring a musician as the show's host. Iglesias, however, is more interested in being a judge. Since the singer's music career is doing well right now, he could decline the offer altogether.

On the other hand, "It's a done deal," a source told THR about Reid's hiring. Reid currently the chairman of Island Def Jam, and is the producer behind Mariah Carey, Pink, TLC and Usher.

Auditions for 'The X Factor' are scheduled to begin March 27, with the show premiering in the fall. Expect official announcements about the host and judging panel to arrive shortly, with Reid's post becoming official later this week.

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