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The list for who will fill one of the two judging seats on the upcoming season of X Factor just got shorter: Janet Jackson has removed herself from consideration.
Janet tells TheInsider.com, she is “very flattered that X Factor let me know that I was being considered for next season, but it just wouldn’t be possible.”
Janet said taking on such a gig would be “unrealistic” since she’s gearing up for her summer tour and a film.
Janet Jackson is in talks to join The X Factor as a judge, following the departure of Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger.
The talks are in the preliminary stages, as Simon Cowell meets with show execs this week to discuss replacements, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
On Thursday, Janet was coy about joining the show when Anderson Cooper asked her about it. “Oh my God,” she said laughing. “No, I’m not a judge on The X Factor.”
“You’re not currently a judge on The X Factor,” responded Anderson.
“No, I am not,” Janet said. “But that’s all I really think I should say.”
Cowell is also reportedly also interested in Pink and Katy Perry as possible judges.
Janet Jackson has broken her silence about the loss of her dear friend Whitney Houston.
It’s yet another tragic loss for Janet, whose brother Michael died in 2009 from drug-related causes. “She was such a sweet, sweet soul,” Janet tells Anderson Cooper in an interview airing February 20 on his daytime talk show. “Especially back in the early ’80s and early ’90s is when I connected with Whitney the most. It doesn’t matter if we were doing an awards show. We would always take the time to find one another…We always found the time to talk to one another.”
So what was Janet’s reaction upon hearing she died? “I couldn’t believe it..Immediately I started shaking…I was speechless.”
Janet says she also has Whitney’s daughter Bobbi Kristina in her prayers. “I pray for [Whitney’s daughter Bobbi Kristina] and her family, even Bobby [Brown],” Janet said. “I mean, he’s gong through so much. They are all going through so much. The mother, it’s very sad.”
Janet also gave advice to Bobbi Kristina, saying, “It’s very difficult. You have to come to terms with it at some point. You have to actually give it up to God, and it sounds so mean, but you have to move on. You can’t hold onto that because it can be very devastating. Sometimes therapy is the best thing. You have to go on with your life. You figure out a way to move on. [But] it’s always right there.”