Simon Cowell Confirms He Was Considering Whitney Houston As A Judge On ‘The X Factor’

"I would have liked to have taken her under my wing"

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.

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  1. ChristineLA

    It depresses me to no end that we ALMOST got a chance at a Whitney comeback, and instead that end was tragic. This really could have done for Whitney what Idol did for Paula Abdul, who does not have 1/8th of the talent that Whitney Houston did. I loved me some Paula back in the 80s, but she didn’t touch Whitney. :(

    • jr

      Paula is one of the best dancers/choregraphers of all time!!! she revolutioned dancing in concert and videos and really brought choreography back to top notch quality.

  2. This will probably stick with me like the “this is it” tour with mj. I just couldn’t get over we were this.close to seeing one of the best concerts of the decade. Such a shame. Sads all around.

    • ChristineLA

      Ugh, what a perfect analogy. This is definitely the same feeling I had when I was lamenting the fact we would never get to see the “This Is It” tour. Who could have known we would actually turn out to be lucky, since there was all that rehearsal footage? Something tells me “Sparkle” is not going to be as memorable.

      Seriously, I’m just beyond pissed that we keep losing legends to addiction. I have apparently moved on to the anger stage of grief, and I’m just fucking tired of it.

  3. so sad :( we can this is her chance again to comeback but something so bad happened :(
    only god knew what happned.

  4. She would have rocked!!

  5. Megan

    I kind of don’t think he should have said this…it’s like he’s using her death for a bit of publicity for the show. Just my opinion though.

  6. Lyle

    What an absolute load of rubbish.

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