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Janet Jackson in Talks to Join 'X Factor'

R&B icon is the latest star approached to replace Paula Abdul as a judge

February 17, 2012 11:16 AM ET
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Janet Jackson visits 'The Tonight Show with Jay Leno' at NBC Studios in Burbank, California.
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Janet Jackson is in talks to become a judge on the next season of The X Factor. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the singer is one of a handful of top female pop stars, including Katy Perry and Pink, on producer and lead judge Simon Cowell's list as a potential replacement for Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger, who were dismissed from the show after one season.

Jackson tiptoed around the issue in an interview with Anderson Cooper yesterday, telling the host that she is not a judge on X Factor but "that's all I really think I should say" on the topic. The Hollywood Reporter reported that Whitney Houston was approached to join the show just before her death last weekend.

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