When it was reported on Saturday that Whitney Houston passed away, I mentioned that there was a rumor going around last week that Simon Cowell was considering signing Whitney as a judge on The X Factor. Today we learn that the rumor was true from Cowell himself. In an interview with Piers Morgan, Simon confirmed that he had reached out to Whitney and was planning to meet with executives this week over the possibility of signing her as a judge on The X Factor.
Simon Cowell called into CNN’s Piers Morgan Tonight on Saturday evening to talk about the sudden passing of Whitney Houston — and also confirmed The Hollywood Reporter’s news that he was considering Houston as an X Factor judge. “The rumors that had got back to us … and that’s often what happens when people want to be on these shows, somebody tells someone to get the word out, it’s normally a sign that they are interested,” Cowell told Piers Morgan, suggesting that Houston could have expressed interest in joining the Fox series. Show insiders tell THR that Houston had indeed expressed interest in the potential gig and was actively campaigning for it. Cowell said that Houston’s name was among those discussed and conversations about potential additions were to take place the day after the Grammy Awards. “We were ironically going to meet on Monday and of course, one of the names we were going to be talking about in that meeting as a possible mentor on the new series of X Factor was going to be Whitney Houston,” he said. Cowell added, “Given the choice, I would have liked to have taken her under my wing as well, because she would have been the ultimate, ultimate mentor to any contestant coming on the show.” “I am absolutely devastated by this news,” Cowell said. “I am so sad for her. She was undoubtedly one of the greatest superstars of all time. One of the greatest voices in our time we’re likely ever to hear.”
You may recall that Whitney performed on the UK version of The X Factor back in 2009 so Simon prolly had been thinking about working with her for a long time now. As upsetting as this news may be, I’m a bit heartened by the fact that Whitney Houston was still in high demand in the world of entertainment. I would’ve LOVED to have seen her as a judge on The X Factor. As much as it pains me, it is kinda nice to imagine what could’ve been.