LeAnn Rimes In Talks To Be ‘X Factor Judge,’ Says Husband Eddie Cibrian

A new name is now being tossed around as a possible new judge for The X Factor: LeAnn Rimes

The singer’s husband Eddie Cibrian confirmed the negotiations, and not surprisingly, thinks she would be “unbelievable” on the panel of the show alongside Simon Cowell and L.A. Reid.

Eddie tells Extra: “They’ve been talking. I think she would be unbelievable on a show like that. Plus she can sing.”

Others in the running reportedly include Britney Spears and Stacey Keibler.

Just In: Stacy Keibler In Talks To Join ‘X Factor!’

George Clooney‘s girlfriend Stacy Keibler is the latest name being tossed around as a potential X Factor judge.

The New York Post claims Stacy is in talks to join the show — which is also considering Britney Spears — but it seems odd, considering she has no music background.

Still, a source tells the Post,”Her lack of experience in the music business may make her more appropriate as a host. She looks fantastic and has bags of charisma.”

The search for a host and judges is on, following the departures of judges Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger, and host Steve Jones.

X FACTOR NEWS: Glee’s Darren Criss Turns Down Hosting Gig!

Glee star Darren Criss was offered the hosting gig for X Factor, but he turned it down!

He “politely declined the gig,” according to E!.

Ever since Steve Jones got the boot as the show’s host, show bigwig Simon Cowell  has been on the hunt for a replacement.

According to E!, Darren won’t be joining the show “because of his busy schedule, plus he’d rather spend his time singing and dancing than hosting. A source tells E!, “They were after him. But there’s no way he could have done it with everything he has going on.”

 

JUST IN! Britney Spears Close To Signing $10 Million X Factor Deal!

Britney Spears: X Factor-bound? (Wireimage)

Britney Spears is thisclose to signing a deal with X Factor producers to be one of the show’s next judges, according to multiple reports.

According to  Deadline.com, Britney has been offered $10 million for the gig, which would put her just under the $12 million that Jennifer Lopez is making at the rival American Idol.

Neither reps for X Factor head Simon Cowell, nor FOX is commenting yet.

Cowell axed judges Nicole Scherzinger and Paula Abdul after the show’s first season scored mediocre ratings.

JUST IN: Janet Jackson Passes On X Factor Judging Gig….It’s ‘Unrealistic,’ She Says

Janet Jackson (NBC)

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.

 

New Couple Alert! Simon Cowell Dating Sexy Brazilian Socialite!

Simon Cowell‘s moved on his from his ex-fiancee Mezhgan Hussainy: With Brazilian businesswoman-socialite Ana Paula Junqueira.

The pair ave been dating for “several months,” Radar reports of the couple, who spent time aboard a yacht in December.

“Simon and Ana are dating, and are very happy,” a source tells Radar. “They have been able to keep their romance low-key. Ana is very much her own accomplished woman, and Simon respects her a great deal for that.”

The source says the relationship is hardly super serious. “They are just enjoying spending time together right now, besides, who says Ana wants to marry him? She has a very successful and fulfilling life.”

 

MUSIC: Simon Cowell Planning To Create New All-Boy Band!

Get ready for a new all-boy band!

Simon Cowell is in the early stages of developing an all-boy band consisting of Americans, reports JustJared.

“Simon is really excited to form a group of guys from America,” a source tells the Web site. “He’s done such a fine job with British boys, so he’s ready to try his hand in America. He’s looking for the right people to team up with and create their sound.”

The X Factor judge’s other bands signed to his Syco label are British group One Direction and the  quartet Il Divo.

Just In: LeAnn Rimes Has Met With X Factor Producers About Being A Judge!

LeAnn Rimes is the latest artist in the running to be a judge on X Factor.

Others already being considered, or who have approached producers of the show include Britney Spears, Kelly Rowland and Vanessa Hudgens.

According to Entertainment Weekly, LeAnn is interested in joining the show, and she has already met with X Factor co-producer FremantleMedia North America.

EW also reports that X Fator head Simon Cowell is seeking to replace ousted judges Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger with two females before the second season starts production later this year.

What do you think? Do you want LeAnn as a judge?

RELATED STORY: Britney Spears Wants To Be An X Factor Judge

JUST IN: Britney Spears Wants To Be A Judge On X-Factor! VOTE: But Is She Better Than Fergie or Janet?

Britney Spears’ new career ambition? To be a judge on X Factor!

Britney has reached out to the FOX show’s producers to express her interest in replacing ousted judges Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger, according to Us Weekly.

But Britney isn’t the only pop star interested in a judging gig: Janet Jackson and Fergie are also interested.

UPDATE! Read: LeAnn Rimes Has Met With X Factor Producers About Being A Judge!

Whitney Houston Was Being Considered For X-Factor Judge Gig, Says Simon Cowell

Sad but true: Simon Cowell was slated to meet with X-Factor honchos on Monday to discuss bringing Whitney Houston on the show as a judge.

“We were ironically going to meet on Monday and of course, one of the names we were going to be talking about in that meeting as a possible mentor on the new series of X Factor was going to be Whitney Houston,” Cowell told CNN’s Piers Morgan Saturday night, just hours after Whitney had died at the Beverly Hilton.

The Hollywood Reporter had reported that Whitney was keen on such a gig, and Cowell echoed that sentiment: “The rumors that had got back to us…and that’s often what happens when people want to be on these shows, somebody tells someone to get the word out, it’s normally a sign that they are interested,” Cowell said.

He added, “Given the choice, I would have liked to have taken her under my wing as well, because she would have been the ultimate, ultimate mentor to any contestant coming on the show.”