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Matthew Morrison Wants 1D and Simon Cowell for ‘Glee’

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Matthew MorrisonMatthew Morrison wants Simon Cowell and One Direction to make cameo appearances on Glee.

The singer-and-actor thinks the band - which includes Zayn Malik, 21, Harry Styles, 20, Louis Tomlinson, 22, Liam Payne, 20, and Niall Horan, 20 - could join the comedy drama as students attending McKinley High School in Ohio. "We have been so fortunate to have some great cameos, and to have One Direction on would be great for the show. They are not much older than High School age so we could have them as students. And I am sure the younger female cast members wouldn't object to their presence either," Matthew said.

The 35-year-old actor and his co-star Jane Lynch (Sue Sylvester) are also hoping for media mogul Simon - whose reality show X Factor helped catapult the band into the spotlight in 2010. "Both mine and Jane Lynch's dream cameo is Simon Cowell. So maybe the boys could bring their manager. It would make great TV seeing Sue Sylvester and Simon Cowell go head to head," he explained.

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Simon Cowell to Leave ‘X Factor’?

Simon CowellSimon Cowell could be set to leave The X Factor.

The 54-year-old media mogul is a judge on the singing contest - which is his brainchild - however he could be planning to leave the show since it is pulling in fewer viewers than in previous years - with the live show on Tuesday night, attracting only 4.8 million viewers. The drop in numbers could force bosses to lower the budget on the series, meaning Simon will walk away and back onto the judging panel of the UK version of the talent show.

"People have talked as if it is all over for The X Factor, but that's not the case at all. It is true that ratings are down but it still does well with younger viewers if it was to come back next year it would have to have a lower budget. Simon leaving the show would allow a cheaper panel to be introduced - and give him the time to be reunited with the British show," an insider said.

The X Factor is currently in its third season with the winner awarded a $1 million recording contract with Simon's label Syco, however, in the previous two series' it was worth $5 million. Simon is currently on the judging panel alongside Demi Lovato, Kelly Rowland and Paulina Rubio, and he is mentoring the groups category.


Sinead O’Connor: Simon Cowell Has “Murdered” Music

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Sinead O'Connor

Sinead O'Connor holds Simon Cowell responsible for "murdering music."

The Irish singer appeared in an interview this week to address her ongoing feud with Miley Cyrus, but instead let rip at the music mogul and his flagship show The X Factor, blaming him for the death of rock 'n' roll and the exploitation of young female artists' sexuality . The war of words began earlier this week when Sinead warned Miley in an open letter about the dangers of the music industry and projecting an overly-sexual image, and the 20-year-old singer responded by lashing out on Twitter, mocking bipolar disease sufferer Sinead for her mental health issues.

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Simon Cowell to Sing on ‘X Factor’

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Simon CowellSimon Cowell is to sing on X Factor.

The music mogul is persuaded to show off his vocal talents by fellow talent show judge Kelly Rowland during auditions in Denver, Colorado, after being less than impressed with one wannabe's attempt at singing 1940s classic "Fools Rush In." Following the hopeful's rendition, judge Demi Lovato told them, "You would sound like what Simon sounds like when he sings."

Kelly then urged the 53-year-old star, who branded the auditions the "worst" day of try-outs ever, to sing the same song. Simon, who has always vowed to never sing in public, obliged and was praised by fellow judges Paulina Rubio and Demi, who said his rendition was "charming."

Kelly added, "I knew that voice was always there."


Simon Cowell: Britney Spears Couldn’t Criticize

Britney Spears and Simon CowellSimon Cowell dropped Britney Spears from The X Factor because she wasn't outspoken enough.

The music mogul who is judging this year's singing contest alongside Demi Lovato, Kelly Rowland - who was a judge on the UK X Factor in 2011 - and Paulina Rubio, fired Britney as she felt "uncomfortable" in the role.

Simon says the "Ooh La La" singer was unable to give honest, "negative" feedback to the pop hopefuls so he had to replace her. Speaking on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, he said, "I kind of booked someone who couldn't talk, which is a bit of a problem when you want someone to judge! She wasn't comfortable being negative, she didn't like it when the contestants spoke back to her, so she was just uncomfortable. I liked her. So we decided to change it this year and I thought I'll work with three girls because I like working with girls."

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Simon Cowell Won’t Retire

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Simon CowellSimon Cowell says the idea of retirement makes him "want to jump off a bridge."

The Britain's Got Talent and X Factor boss also claims that he has never had his heart broken and thinks most people's marriages are boring. The 52-year-old star insists he isn't ready to retire and told the Telegraph newspaper, "I'd rather drop dead doing my job. The idea of getting up in the morning to play golf makes me want to jump off a bridge."

But Simon isn't worried about getting older because he believes there are advantages. "You don't get so insecure or competitive. And if you can grow old gracefully, you're fit and healthy and not bad looking," he explained.

Simon - who called off his engagement to make-up artist Mezhgan Hussainy in early 2012 - was most recently linked to Carmen Electra and is still close to his ex-girlfriends Jackie Sinclair, Sinitta and Terri Seymour but doesn't think he will ever marry: "Well it worries me because I've seen it destroy people. And I couldn't think of anything worse than being in an unhappy marriage. Actually, being on my own is the best thing in the world."


Kelly Rowland in ‘Final’ Talks for ‘X Factor’

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Kelly RowlandKelly Rowland is in "final negotiations" to join The X Factor.

The Destiny's Child singer and Mexican superstar Paulina Rubio are expected to be announced as the new judges on the FOX singing competition on Monday, TMZ is reporting. After weeks of speculation, the pair are said to be signing a deal this weekend to sit alongside Simon Cowell and Demi  Lovato on the judging panel for the program's third season. They would replace departing judges Britney Spears and L.A. Reid.

Kelly is no stranger to reality shows, having been a judge on The X Factor UK in 2011, while Paulina coached for The Voice Mexico. This comes after Simon announced on Twitter yesterday, "We start x factor auditions in charleston on Tuesday. The new panel will be announced Monday. This is going to be an interesting show! (sic)"

His right hand man Louis Walsh also recently revealed the music mogul was looking to shake things up with a female-heavy panel this year. "I think he's going to use three girls. Three girls and Simon. He wants to be the only male there ... It's like Charlie's Angels. I think it will be Demi Lovato, Simon Cowell, Kelly Rowland and another," Louis said.


Demi Lovato Wants Britney Back on ‘X Factor’

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Demi Lovato and Britney SpearsDemi Lovato wants Britney Spears to return to The X Factor. The "Toxic" singer quit as a judge after just one season on the show and Demi is devastated she won't be working with Britney again, although she has come up with a suitable replacement.

"I wish Britney would come back. My next pick is Lady Gaga though, she's so cool," she said.

Demi and Simon Cowell are the only remaining members of the panel after L.A. Reid also quit at the end of last season, and the TV mogul says top of his list for the new panel is chemistry between the judges. "Simon delivered a simple message: Forget the big names and go for chemistry. He said all these shows have become distracted by signing celebrities rather than judges who really have something to say. We have all seen that big names don't translate into big ratings. Chemistry is top of the list of demands for next season. [Only Demi will return because her chemistry with Simon was] the best thing about the panel last year," a source said.

Both Jennifer Love-Hewitt and Kelly Rowland have been rumored as possible replacements to join the panel in 2014.


Jennifer Love Hewitt to Be an ‘X Factor’ Judge?

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Jennifer Love-HewittJennifer Love-Hewitt is in the running to be a judge on X Factor.

The 34-year-old actress - who hit the charts in 2002 with her single "BareNaked" - is rumored to be joining Simon Cowell and Demi Lovato on the third season of the pop star search show as a replacement for the departed L.A. Reid and Britney Spears.

Speaking to Us Weekly magazine, a source said, "Simon is very interested [in Jennifer]." Cowell, 53, has two positions up for grabs on the judging panel and is believed to be chatting to several celebrities about the roles, although Hewitt is believed to be one of the favorites along with Kelly Rowland - who judged one series of the UK version of The X Factor. "Simon has always remained a fan of Kelly's and she's most definitely in the mix to join the judging panel on X Factor," a source said previously.

A representative for The X Factor has described the rumors as "pure speculation," though none have yet been denied.

Hewitt has released four albums in her career but turned her back on music in 2004. However, this year she recorded a cover of "I'm a Woman" to promote the second season of her TV show The Client List.


‘X Factor’ Wants Cheryl Cole Back?

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Cheryl ColeCheryl Cole could be offered a huge deal to return to The X Factor.

The 29-year-old pop star was sacked during the show's first series in 2011 before suing Simon Cowell's talent show for $2.3 million, but it's now being reported she could be offered a big contract to tempt a return for the former judge.

"This is a massive move from Simon. He's going right out there and saying that he made a mistake in sacking her. After she was shunted off the show, TV critics in the US said in reviews that she was the best thing about the program - and it seems for once that Simon was wrong. Over the past two seasons, the X Factor hasn't performed as Simon would have wanted - now it looks like Cheryl will be the savior," a source said.

The insider speculates the Girls Aloud singer might not accept the deal after the added "humiliation" of being replaced by Nicole Scherzinger on the UK version of the show.

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