Ever since the network cleaned house at The X Factor, Fox has been desperately searching for suitable replacements to fill the void Nicole Scherzinger, Paula Abdul, and Steve Jones left behind. And while several names have been tossed around throughout the past few months, the latest celeb on Simon Cowell‘s wish list is rumored to be none other than George Clooney‘s girlfriend, Stacy Keibler.
According to the New York Post, the former pro wrestler is said to be in secret talks to join the reality show, though no specific position was revealed. This means she could be up for either the hosting slot or even a role on the judging panel. But considering Keibler’s lack of a musical background, insiders believe she’d be more suited as a host rather than a vocal expert.
“Stacy Keibler is also in talks to join the show, but her lack of experience in the music business may make her more appropriate as a host,” an insider shared with the newspaper. “She looks fantastic and has bags of charisma.”
But, to play devil’s advocate, it’s certainly possible Cowell wants Keibler as an actual judge. A few years back, Idol proved judges don’t necessarily need extensive singing experience in order to give out advice when Ellen DeGeneres joined the panel. Perhaps the network sees something unique in the model, which could help serve as a ratings goldmine (Clooney never hurts).
Meanwhile, another insider added insight on other potential additions to the cast, “Talks are still ongoing with Britney [Spears], and she is asking for a lot more money, than was originally offered. But producers are confident Britney will realize this is a great opportunity for her to reinvent herself and accept their deal.” Spears was supposedly offered around $10 million to join the judging panel, but talks reached a deadlock after she demanded a $20 million payday.
Glee star Darren Criss was also reportedly offered a position on the show, however, he declined the hosting job due to his already hectic schedule. But if the network is hoping to find someone to fill those open positions they better do it soon since auditions are already under way for Season Two, though the official start date has yet to be announced.
What role do you think Stacy Keibler would fit into better: X Factor judge or host?
Source: New York Post