Madonna and Zac Efron have now joined the list of celebrities who have reportedly been approached to be judges on « The X Factor » U.S. The show’s executive producer/judge Simon Cowell recently named several celebrities (including Mariah Carey, Paula Abdul, Nicole Scherzinger and George Michael) as being among those who have been in discussions to be a judge on « The X Factor » U.S.
According to the Daily Mirror: « Cowell, 51, is now pinning his hopes on Zac Efron and is also talking to Madonna and Paula Abdul. »
The Daily Mirror is also reporting that Cee Lo Green was in discussions to be a judge on « The X Factor » U.S., but instead he chose to be a coach on NBC’s rival singing contest « The Voice, » which premieres April 26, 2011. « The X Factor » U.S. premieres sometime in September 2011 on Fox. Auditions begin March 27, 2011, at the Los Angeles Sports Arena. Each winner of « The X Factor » U.S. gets a grand prize of $5 million and a record deal with Sony Music.
Cowell is the only « X Factor » U.S. judge officially announced so far. There are three other people who are supposed to be on the show’s judging panel. The « X Factor » judges act as mentors to contestants in the following four categories, with each judge getting a selected category: young female solo singers, young male solo singers, vocal groups and older solo singers.
Update: Zac Efron, who rose to fame because of the « High School Musical » franchise, has said in interviews that he now wants to focus on non-musical projects, so he may not be interested in being an « X Factor » judge. Efron’s publicist has already denied rumors from December 2010 that Efron would be hosting « The X Factor » U.S., so it is unlikely that Efron would want the more time-consuming job of being a judge on the show. [Source]