's departure from "" is compensated with more guest judges in the ninth season. aka Posh Spice, who is a close friend to Simon Cowell, is confirmed to make a one-off appearance, so is . These celebrity judges will fill in while FOX is searching for the fourth judge.
The executives at Fox Broadcasting announced on Thursday, August 6 that they will keep the four-judge format in the coming season. They are looking for a personality who will fit into Simon, , and . "What we need to find is someone who has great chemistry," chairman Peter Rice said. "It really is a casting job. Our job in the next four or five months is to consider what makes this the most fun, the most entertaining show."