Darren Criss’ ‘X Factor’ Offer Never Happened, Plus Three Other Rumors

darren crissEver since The X Factor went on a firing spree back in January, the internet has been rife with rumors about who might assume judging and hosting duties once the Season 2 commences. But, as I’m sure most of you are aware of by now, not all rumors turn out to be completely factual. (Hello, Understatement) In fact, Glee star Darren Criss recently acknowledged that the rumor surrounding his supposed involvement with the show was totally false.

Back in March, it was reported that the popular Glee star had declined an offer to become the new X Factor host, claiming he was too busy and more interested in being a performer than a host. But the actor assures his fans that the entire story has absolutely no merit. “I’m happy to say that that was not actually true,” Criss told The Hollywood Reporter at the Metropolitan Museum’s Costume Institute Ball on May 7. “It was a classic example of people running with something that they didn’t bother to check facts with.”

Of course, this makes you wonder how many of the other rumors surrounding the show are pure fan-fiction as well…

Singer Demi Lovato is supposedly nearing a deal to sit alongside reported judge Britney Spears on the judges’ panel, but until we hear from Demi and Britney themselves, we can’t be certain either of these stories are true — though it’d be awfully hard for BritBrit to say no to her reported $15 million dollar deal.

Many media outlets believed Janet Jackson was in talks to become a judge as well, until her rep confirmed the singer had turned down the offer due to scheduling conflicts. The list of possible candidates just goes on, and on, and on. But there’s got to be an end in sight given that auditions are scheduled to start at the end of the month… right?

If Simon Cowell is seriously hoping to fill this gaping void he left in his show — he better do it, and do it fast. I’m sick of all this back-and-forth.


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