The newest, and maybe most-likely, X Factor USA Season 2 mentor rumor is: Avril Lavigne. One imagines her singing: "Hey hey, you you, I don't like your old judge/no way, no way, I think you need a new one/hey hey, you you, I could be that new judge!"

This makes a lot of sense, of course. Current judge, L.A. Reid is one her managers in real life. She's young and would identify with some of the younger contestants, AND, she's been on the show before, memorably dueting with Chris Rene.

So.. unless she's not... big enough for what Simon Cowell has in mind for Season 2, this sounds like one that could happen. But... 

"There's a load of speculation, some true, some not true," Simon told E! News. "It's true to say that there are a lot more people who've entered the frame this year. We were waiting to see who was going to contact us before we actually contacted people."

It's all so... complicated. Avril Lavigne song title joke!

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Credit: YouTube Photo: VIDEO: Chris Rene and Avril Lavigne Sing "Complicated" on The X Factor USA, December 21, 2011