Britney Spears to Be an 'X Factor' Judge?

Britney joins Janet Jackson, Fergie and Pink on the list of rumored contenders to replace departing judges Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger

Since Simon Cowell unceremoniously fired judges Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger and host Steven Jones from The X Factor in late January, rumors have swirled that such big-name stars as Beyonce, Katy Perry, Madonna and Mariah Carey might join FOX's hit reality competition show. Now, a new pop star is in the mix.

Britney Spears wants to be considered for The X Factor judges' panel and has even reached out to Cowell and his team about joining the show, a source close to the "Till the World Ends" singer tells Us Weekly.

As you might have expected, an X Factor rep has yet to weigh in on the report, so you can add Britney's name to the long list of potential -- but not verified -- contenders.

Also reportedly up for consideration are Janet Jackson, Fergie and Pink.

When Anderson Cooper recently asked Jackson whether she was a judge on The X Factor, she denied it. But when he pushed her and asked if that meant she just wasn't a judge yet, she coyly answered, "No, I am not, but that's all I really think I should say."

Auditions for season 2 of The X Factor begin online March 1, with open-call auditions starting March 14. Perhaps we'll get some official word on the new judges sometime around then? There's nothing like a big casting announcement to stir up some positive PR.

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