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L.A. Reid First to Join Simon Cowell's 'X Factor' Judges Panel

by Hilary Rothing, posted Mar 18th 2011 6:00PM
The anticipation has been building as Simon Cowell teased the media earlier this week about an 'X Factor' judges announcement. And we've finally got word on Cowell's much talked about mystery panel. Famed record producer, Antonio 'L.A.' Reid is the first to officially join the upcoming FOX talent competition.

There's been much speculation on just who Cowell will tap to come on board, with names like Jessica Simpson and Cowell's old 'Idol' pal, Paula Abdul, bandied about.

And while there's surely going to be at least one outrageous/colorful character on the panel, it appears Cowell was serious when he told the press "I wanted to make a show where I, along with my fellow judges, help competitors on a regular basis."

There's no certainly no one more qualified to aid contestants in their journey towards musical greatness than the man who launched the careers of Jay-Z, Justin Bieber and Bon Jovi, to name a few.

In an official press release from the network, Reid stated:

"I am proud to stand next to my dear friend Simon Cowell, one of the world's most gifted and charismatic talent magnets. 'The X Factor' provides an extraordinary opportunity for aspiring artists of every age and genre to showcase their unique talents. I truly look forward to discovering our next generation of superstars."

And though Cowell will probably save the announcement of his most controversial choice for last, L.A. Reid was a no-brainer for the reality TV mogul.

"L.A. was my number one choice to sit alongside me on the show. In my opinion, he is one of the greatest ever music executives and of course a fantastic writer and producer. I am thrilled he has agreed to join the show, and for any artist auditioning, they know they have the chance to meet a true star-maker."

Auditions for 'The X Factor' begin on March 27th in Los Angeles and will make stops in Miami, Newark, Seattle, Chicago and Dallas. Contestants need only be twelve and older and preferably talented, to vie for a shot at a five-million dollar recording contract.

'The X Factor' premieres this fall on FOX.

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Why would anyone listen to Jessica Simpson critique them. She has zero talent and no credibility.

March 18 2011 at 7:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Jimmy's comment

umm.. she has some kinda talent!

but 0 credibility - yes.

March 18 2011 at 11:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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