A show insider tells Hollywood Life that Rihanna is in talks with USA show execs to join The X Factor’s sophomore season as a judge. The pop star would fill one of the empty seats left by ousted Season 1 judges Nicole Scherzinger and Paula Abdul. Simon Cowell’s team has been getting around: The X Factor is rumored to have approached country singer LeAnn Rimes, Canadian rocker Avril Lavigne, and George Clooney’s girlfriend Stacy Kiebler — to name just a few famous hats in the Season 2 ring.
Accompanying this exciting Rihanna scoop is also some (alleged) bad news: the Britney Spears talks are “pretty much dead.” This contradicts the update we heard late last week about Brit-Brit reportedly meeting with the judge overseeing her conservatorship to clear a $15 million deal to judge Season 2. You win some, you lose some. Let’s hope The X Factor nets both pop stars for Season 2 — just imagine the duet possibilities!