January 26, 2010 03:56:23 GMT
Before she becomes a permanent judge of the U.S. version, she will be given a first taste through a guest judging stint on the U.K. version.
The latest name tossed in as the potential judge of U.S. version of "The X Factor" is Beyonce Knowles. The diva allegedly is on top of Simon Cowell's list beside Paula Abdul. The deal is not yet sealed but Beyonce will be there "in some form".
If the report from News of the World turns out to be true, Beyonce will get a warm-up session on the U.K. version first. Simon reportedly has hired her to replace Dannii Minogue when the original judge takes a maternity leave in July.
"Dannii was brilliant on X Factor last year. Simon and everyone else would love to have her back," a source said. "But there are real concerns that she isn't going to be able to combine motherhood for the first time at 38 and the exhausting auditions."
"Simon leaves nothing to chance and is planning for the future already. He wants to bring in Beyonce. And what Simon wants, Simon gets. Expect Beyonce on the panel. Nothing has been confirmed yet because the deal hasn't been sealed with ITV but she'll be there in some form."
The same tone of suggestion came from "Britain's Got Talent" judge Amanda Holden. "My prediction is Simon will bring Paula Abdul out of the toy box and let her play on 'The X Factor' panel. As for the other judges, who knows? Beyonce would be good - and maybe Megan Fox, because she has a crush on the Cowell! Simon and three girls would be ace - imagine the sexual tension."