Will Jessica Simpson Be a Judge on the New 'X Factor?'

Will Jessica Simpson Be a Judge on the New 'X Factor?'

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Singer and Actress Jessica Simpson attends the grand opening of the Casino Club at The Greenbrier on July 2, 2010 in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. (Getty Images)

Jessica Simpson is reportedly at the top of Simon Cowell's list to take on one of the coveted judging positions on The X Factor when it launches later this year.

A source told People: "There [are] loads of conversations happening at the moment. No one has been offered a judging role yet as new names keep coming forward who want the role, but there are some frontrunners and it's fair to say Jessica is one of them. She's very keen.

"She knows what she is talking about [and] is talented and likable. But Simon's not in a rush to decide. The judges have to mentor on The X Factor -- it's more than just turning up for a few hours a week to appear on TV."

Jessica is not the only person in the frame for a role, it was revealed yesterday that record executive Tony Mottola -- ex-husband of Mariah Carey and former boss of Sony Music -- is also being considered.

An insider said: "Simon and Tommy have known each other for years since their days at Sony and Simon has wanted to get Tommy on board one of his shows for a long time.

"They get on extremely well and this could be the moment where they finally get on screen together. Tommy's from the Bronx in New York, he's tough talking, doesn't pull any punches and will make great TV."

Other people mentioned as possibilities include Nicole Scherzinger, Mariah Carey, and Cheryl Cole.
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Jessica Simpson Singer and actress Jessica Simpson poses with a birthday cake at the grand opening of the Casino Club at The Greenbrier on July 2, 2010 in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. 
 
Jessica Simpson Singer and actress Jessica Simpson poses with a birthday cake at the grand opening of the Casino Club at The Greenbrier on July 2, 2010 in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. 
 
Jessica Simpson Singer and actress Jessica Simpson and Owner and Chairman of The Greenbrier Jim Justice attend the grand opening of the Casino Club at The Greenbrier on July 2, 2010 in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. 
 
Jessica Simpson Jessica Simpson and Debbie Reynolds participate in the ribbon cutting at the grand opening of the Casino Club at The Greenbrier on July 2, 2010 in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. 
 
Jessica Simpson West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin, owner and chairman of The Greenbrier Jim Justice, Brooke Shields, Kathy Justice, singer Jessica Simpson and Debbie Reynolds participate in the ribbon cutting at the grand opening of the Casino Club at The Greenbrier on July 2, 2010 in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. 
 
 
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