After the announcement that Demi would not be returning to ‘X-Factor’ next season, rumors began swirling that Selena could be taking her spot at the judges table.
Simon Cowell cleared up any rumors on Dec. 19, when he was asked about the chance of Selena Gomez taking over Demi Lovato‘s seat at the judges table — and Hollywoodlife.com was there to hear his shocking answer.
Selena Gomez As An ‘X-Factor’ Judge?
“I’ve known for a while [Demi] wasn’t going to do it again, so we’ve been thinking about it for three or four months. There was one person who we were chasing, which is important for the show,” Simon told reporters after the season three finale of X Factor.
So, does that mean it will be Demi’s good friend, Selena?
“No actually, No,” Simon replied. “You know what though, I find what’s really important for all these judges, to call them mentors, because they’ve got to do the job we are paying them to do which is to turn them into recording artists. Not just to say ‘You’re good and you’re bad’ — I think that role’s changed hugely. So the interview process will be very different going forward.”
So, it looks like Simon will be more picky when choosing the next mentor on X Factor.
Simon Cowell Reveals Dream Pick For ‘X Factor’ Judge
While Simon wouldn’t reveal who that special person he was looking for was, he did say exactly what he was looking for.
“[I’m looking for] someone who lives and breathes the show,” he told reporters. “The hours we put in on this show are huge.”
That must be what makes it so strong — the commitment of the judges. He knows a thing or two about that, since his team won this season!
“Every Sunday night [we spend] three or four hours at my house with the record producers, the vocal coaches and that’s the commitment I want — someone who will give that level of commitment,” he added.
So HollywoodLifers, do you think Selena should be the next mentor? Let us know!
— Emily Longeretta