Amidst speculations that she might be the next judge on The X-Factor, the show’s executive producer SimonCowell confirmed a secret meeting with Young Money star Nicki Minaj.

Simon Cowell also gave his piece on enlisting former Def Jam president L.A. Reid as the first judge on the show.

“I think it’s incredible to have a talent like L.A. on the show, it only brings more credibility and excitement to The X-Factor. He’s arguably one of the greatest hit-makers in the world,” Cowell said in an interview. “He was one of my first choices to bring on. After years in the music industry, you have look at who has continued to stay relevant — I’m just extremely happy that L.A. will be joining me. He’s really almost like a producer on the show, now…We’ve spoken to [Nicki] but we’ve met so many people that’s it’s just a long, exhausting process that we have to deal with. It’ll be announced in the next week. We were actually introduced a few weeks ago.”

Last weekend, rumors emerged that Simon Cowell is looking to enlist Nicki Minaj as a judge on the US X-Factor.

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