Official: L.A. Reid signed as 'X Factor' judge


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UPDATE: Fox has made it official, announcing Reid as an X Factor judge. “L.A. Reid is one of the most celebrated music producers and songwriters of our time and knows exactly what it takes to find and nurture a global superstar,” said Fox alternative president Mike Darnell. “Not only does he have an insanely good eye for talent, but he also has the personality and savvy to go toe-to-toe with Simon Cowell, so I can’t wait to see those two music moguls together at The X Factor judges’ table.”


Insiders confirm to EW that Island Def Jam chairman and music producer L.A. Reid is near a deal to take a judge’s seat on Simon Cowell’s singing competition series The X Factor.

“L.A. wants to do it,” says a source close to the deal. “He has his sights set on a seat on that panel, and apparently Simon would like it to happen.”

Reid is a interesting choice for the show, since it gets away from strategy adopted last year by American Idol and the path selected by NBC’s upcoming The Voice of going after celebrity singers. Instead, Cowell is tapping somebody with a background more like his own. Reid is a behind-the-scenes music mogul — currently the chairman and CEO of Island Def Jam — whose talent list includes Mariah Carey, Pink, TLC and Usher. For host of the show, singer Enrique Iglesias has been approached, though an insider said other names are still being considered.

Earlie, Cowell let drop he was considering Paula Abdul, Mariah Carey, Nicole Scherzinger and George Michael for judges.

The X Factor premieres this fall, and auditions begin March 27 in Los Angeles.

UPDATE: Reid resigns from Island Def Jam to judge X Factor

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  • bruno

    LA??…uhm, x factor = rad.

  • LOL

    Will the American Idol lemmings flock to this nonsense, too?

  • dctoronto

    Uhhm is it me or does he look a tad like Randy Jackson?

    • xxc

      Seems like he’s doing the same strategy as Idol. 2 ‘execs’, 1 ‘celeb’.

  • Get A Q

    Simon’s bringing out the big guns to judge karaoke

  • McProphet

    Does he have jaundice in this picture? Or is it the glasses? His eyes are unnervingly yellow.

  • correction

    Earlie–> Earlier

  • Crystal Blackshear

    Actually, L.A. Reid does have a singing background — he used to sing in the group ‘The Deal’ along with Babyface.

    • Seriously

      Yes, please look up “Two Occasions” on youtube to see him and his brother Babyface (who really had a baby face at the time).

  • Kris

    So I guess they found their Randy. Now they just need their perky chanteuse and they will have completed their generic, cookie cutter panel.

    • WhiteLady

      they need two females… X factor has a 4 people panel

  • rob

    i thought sam and dean winchester killed the yellow-eyed demon?

    • Fortune

      me too!

  • JohnDoe

    Good, record producers make better judges anyways. Celebs are awful at it, they’re too nice, and don’t know how to not sugar coat everything.

  • Ruth

    i have never heard of this guy before

    • JoeC

      Mmmm, then you don’t follow the music business…or what’s left of it. He’s been a head of a record label for close to 20 years now….

  • James Sinclair

    Finally, someone who really “gets” music.

  • nelu

    on x factor there are 4 judges not 3

  • Liz

    So it will be Simon, Paula, LA Reid, and some other as yet unknown female judge.

    • A2

      Let’s hope they don’t pick Paula Abdul. She was so useless on idol, even Jlo does better judging.

  • Fortune

    He cool and all but Im still not watching another singing show.

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