The first judge of the “X Factor” when it hits the States has been confirmed as music mogul, Antonio “L.A.” Reid. The rumors are also getting stronger that British pop star, Cheryl Cole, has missed out on a judge’s job.
Simon Cowell has now confirmed that Reid will join the show and he wrote an emotional letter of farewell to his staff at Island Def Jam Music Group after he accepted the premium role. He has resigned as the label’s chairman and CEO in order to focus on his new role as a mentor and judge on the TV talent show.
Reid knows the music industry well and was responsible for giving Usher and Justin Bieber their big breaks. Now he is on to what he calls “the next great challenge”.
It will certainly be a challenge, with producers already concerned about whether the new show will have the popularity to fight off competition from “American Idol”. In the UK, there were not the audience figures to allow both shows to survive and “X Factor” blew its competition out of the water.
Perhaps worries over viewing figures was one reason Cheryl Cole missed out on a judging role. She wanted to use the job as a springboard to break into the American music scene but she was considered little known Stateside and her strong Geordie accent was thought to have been a potential problem.
So what do you think to the decision to appoint Antonio Reid as an “X Factor” judge and mentor? Who else would you like to see alongside him on the panel, which will probably be made up of three or four people?