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Wednesday 16 April 2014

Fergie 'considered for X Factor'

Simon Cowell said the Black Eyed Pea's Fergie had come up in discussions about a possible judge for the X Factor in the US

Simon Cowell admits that Black Eyed Peas singer Fergie has been discussed as a possible judge for the US debut of The X Factor.

The music mogul is also adding additional audition venues to widen the talent pool bidding to get selected for the show.

He has set up audition studios in Nashville, Tennessee; Anchorage, Alaska; Kansas City, Kansas and Denver throughout April.

"It probably isn't as fun as attending an open audition, but it is your chance to be seen and heard and I'm going to try to put these in as many cities as possible," the former American Idol judge said in a teleconference with reporters.

Simon will be joined on the judges' panel by Antonio "LA" Reid, former chairman of Island Def Jam Music, when the show premieres in September.

The X Factor is based on the British-born hit series and is debuting on Fox this autumn. At stake is a five million US dollar recording contract.

Those invited to the booths to sing must be at least 12 years old and can be solo artists or vocal groups. Each audition will be sent to the show's producers, and those selected will take part in callbacks.

The decision has not been made about who the third judge will be, but Simon said that Fergie has come up in discussions.

"Her name was put forward, but like with a lot of other people we've spoken to, we have to check out everyone's availability," he said. "There's a lot of time you have to put into this show. This is not a two-day-a-week process. When you're mentoring the contestants, you're working five, six days a week."

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