Cowell Describes Who He Wants to Judge ‘The X Factor’

Simon Cowell (Photo: Getty Images)

Will it be Mariah Carey? How about Britney? Pink? How does Katy Perry sound?

The names that have been rumored could fill a Grammys lineup, but Simon Cowell knows exactly what he is looking for to fill the roster of judges now vacant with the departures of Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger from “The X Factor.”

In a recent interview with AOL Music, Cowell revealed the top three qualities he’s looking for in his future fellow judges.

“Number one is commitment, because it’s not like the other shows,” Cowell said to the site. “We do have to work three or four days a week with these contestants. So while we’re not on TV, we’re spending time with them and we have to make time.”

“Number two is we need people who are prepared to show a different side of their personality. If I’m watching one of these shows and it’s someone well known, I want to get to know the real person. So we need somebody who’s brave enough to do that,” he added.

“Number three, we need someone who’s competitive, because this is a competitive show, and if you don’t want to win … then it gets boring,” he continued before concluding, “Star power is important now, but I think personality in the long run matters more.”

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