While it’s somewhat up in the air whether X Factor will return for a fourth season, one thing is certain: Demi Lovato will not return as a judge. However, series creator Simon Cowell won’t have to look too hard for a willing replacement. Demi’s Glee co-star Lea Michele is waiting in the wings to take her seat on the panel. Just say the word, Simon!

When Extra caught up with Lea on the X Factor red carpet on December 18, Lea, who will perform during the December 19 finale, seemed extra eager about the prospect of occupying a chair next to Mr. Nasty. “I probably will stalk him because I’m such a fan and I think he’s so awesome,” she gushed.

While we’re guessing there’s no offer on the table at such an early stage, Lea did remind her Fox family where she works if they want to get in touch. “If X Factor wants to have me...I’m around.”

We think it’s an inspired idea. Lea does know a thing or two about music from her days on Broadway and Glee, and with her upcoming album, Louder, she’s adding “pop star” to her impressive resume. And she has no trouble handing down criticism where it’s due, as evidenced by her guest appearance on Top Chef: New Orleans this year.

Of course, Lea may have some competition. Rumor has it Simon is gunning for Miley Cyrus because of her “honesty” and “big mouth.” However, given the fact that the “Can’t Stop” singer is so focused on her music these days, we think that’s probably a pipe dream.

Source: Extra