Katy Perry has emerged as a top betting choice to be a judge on “The X Factor” U.K. — even though it’s very unlikely that she’ll take the job.
There has been much speculation, fueled by comments from “The X Factor” U.K. judge Louis Walsh, that fellow judges Simon Cowell and Cheryl Cole are quitting the show so that they can be judges on “The X Factor” U.S., which premieres on Fox in September 2011.
According to OK! magazine, the betting company William Hill conducted a poll of U.K. residents, who named Perry as a 7-2 favorite to become a judge on “The X Factor” U.K. if Cole and Cowell leave the show. In 2010, Perry was a guest judge on “The X Factor” U.K., and in 2009, she was a guest judge on “American Idol.” (Perry’s “American Idol” episode aired in 2010.)
Take That member Gary Barlow and former “The X Factor” U.K. judge Sharon Osbourne tied for second place in the poll, with 4-1 odds that they will be judges on the show.
Nicole Scherzinger (who is widely rumored to be a possible judge on “The X Factor” U.S.) and Take That member Robbie Williams each have 8-1 odds, while Eminem has the lowest odds at 66-1.
Except for Scherzinger (who was a guest judge on “The X Factor” U.K. in 2010), these celebrities are very ulikely to sign on to be an “X Factor” judge because they’re too busy with other things in their careers.
Meanwhile, Walsh has named David Bowie, Paul McCartney, Lenny Kravitz and Osbourne as his top picks to be judges on “The X Factor” U.K.
Bowie and McCartney are out of the question since they are legends who do not need or want the commitment of being judges on this type of TV series. (And Bowie seems to have lost interest in the music business, since he hasn’t toured or released a new album in several years.) Kravitz’s busy touring schedule would make him a definite “no,” and he is the type of artist who probably thinks he’s too cool to be a judge on this type of TV series.
As for Osbourne (who was a judge on “The X Factor” U.K. from 2004 to 2007), she left the show because she feuded with “The X Factor” U.K. judge Dannii Minogue, so it’s doubtful that she will want to work with Minogue again. (Osbourne is currently a co-host of “The Talk” and a judge on “America’s Got Talent,” so she may be too busy anyway to go back to “The X Factor” U.K.)
Meanwhile, Boy George has put himself up for consideration to be an “X Factor” U.K. judge, with mixed feelings: The former Culture Club singer said in a 2011 TV interview, according to The Sun: “There was a rumor last year about me doing ‘X Factor,’ but I don’t know if they would want me. I would be great, but I’m not sure if they could handle me. I’d do it, but it depends how much they would pay me and if I could have Cheryl [Cole’s] wardrobe budget. The problem with ‘The X Factor’ is that you have great people on there, but they are sometimes given the wrong songs. Sometimes it can be quite cruel, but you have to remember, it’s a game show.
As entertaining as Boy George would be as a judge on “The X Factor,” he’s trashed the show in interviews before, so he is probably correct in assuming that the show may not want him. In a 2010 interview with ITV, Boy George said “The X Factor” is “not about the music” and that the show gives people “boil on the bag of fame.”
And even though Cowell once told the Daily Star Sunday in 2011 that he would consider reality TV star/model Katie Price to be a judge on “The X Factor” U.K. (“Do I want [Katie] as a judge on ‘The X Factor’ panel? Yeah, that could work. Why not? I like her as a person. In fact I’d even go as far as to say she’s my woman of the decade.”), Price has virtually no credibility in the music business. It is highly improbable that she would be a serious candidate to be a judge on “The X Factor.”
What all this speculation comes down to is that the artists mentioned by Walsh and by William Hill are all wishful thinking at best, in terms of replacement judges for Cowell and Cole. If Cole and Cowell do leave “The X Factor” U.K., the show will probably end up with replacements who aren’t on the star level of McCartney, Bowie or even Perry.