Simon Cowell Fuming After Plot To Steal J-Lo Foiled
February 17, 2011 at 9:14 AM (PT)
According to the U.K.'s DAILY MIRROR, SIMON COWELL is seething after a plot to poach J.LO from AMERICAN IDOL was foiled.
LOPEZ was reportedly approached by COWELL shortly after she had signed on to SIMON FULLER's "IDOL" and the newspaper claims that the music mogul began "begging her to ditch it and join the panel of U.S. X FACTOR".
J.LO, taken by COWELL's charm and promises initially agreed to make the switch. However,the 41 year old singer and actress later changed her mind after FULLER personally flew to the U.S. to have a quiet word with her in which he pointed out that he wouldn't be making the Latino project she is so keen on unless she stayed. The MIRROR goes on to say, "JENNIFER quickly saw sense and pulled out of U.S. X FACTOR, which is why you've got this unseemly scramble for judges going on as we speak."
The U.S. version of the X FACTOR premieres later this year and it is expected that NICOLE SCHERZINGER will join COWELL on the judging panel, with CHERYL COLE also likely to sign up. Recent speculation has suggested that the show's bosses are currently courting JAMIE FOXX as another potential judge.
Contributed by MOLLY PAIGE.