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Sunday 23 November 2014

Beyonce Knowles 'offered $500m X Factor deal' by Simon Cowell

Beyonce is the latest megastar to be rumoured as a new X Factor judge
Beyonce is the latest megastar to be rumoured as a new X Factor judge
Beyonce performs live on the pyramid stage during the Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm, Pilton on June 26, 2011 in Glastonbury
Beyonce on stage at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast in front of a sell-out audience on the last date of her 2009 world tour. 24-11-2009
Beyonce Knowles
Beyonce on stage at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast in front of a sell-out audience on the last date of her 2009 world tour. 24-11-2009
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Beyonce performs at the Glastonbury Festival
Beyonce performs at the Glastonbury Festival
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Beyonce performs at the Glastonbury Festival
Faryl Smith "Beyoncé ? I Am... Sasha Fierce. Beyoncé has a really amazing voice. She can sing the ballads like "If I Were a Boy" and then goes on to sing the upbeat songs like "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)", always sounding great. My mates and I love listening to it when we are about to go out!"
Beyonce Knowles

Beyoncé Knowles has reportedly been offered $500 million to become a judge on the US X Factor.

Simon Cowell is said to be desperate to get the global pop sensation on board in a bid to boost the show's ratings this year.

The singing contest premiered across the pond in 2011 with a judging panel of Paula Abdul, L.A. Reid, Nicole Scherzinger and Simon.

It only managed to pull in half of the 20 million viewers Cowell was hoping for and this week he announced Paula and Nicole won't be returning.

"[Cowell] wants a big name female star on the panel," a source told website Media Takeout. "Mariah [Carey] is good, but she's not that hot today. He wants Beyoncé because that would immediately give him the bounce needed to beat American Idol."

If Beyoncé signed the five-year deal it could make her one of the highest paid stars in the entertainment industry, bagging a massive $100 million per series.

However, the singer only gave birth to daughter Blue Ivy a few weeks ago so it is unknown whether she will want to return to work so soon.

After axing Paula, Nicole and host Steve Jones, Simon released a statement expressing his gratitude to them for their work.

"I want to say a massive thank you to Paula, Nicole and Steve for being part of The X Factor last year," Simon said. "We had a lot of fun making the show together I'm sure all three are going to have massive success in what they do next, but now is the time to thank them all for everything they did last year."

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