Former "X Factor" U.S. judges Antonio "L.A." Reid and Nicole Scherzinger haven't been seen in the same room together for a while, but the former co-workers got a chance to catch up when they attended Epic Records' performance showcase for singer Ginny Blackmore at the Roosevelt Hotel's Beachers Madhouse in Los Angeles on Feb. 7, 2013.
Reid is chairman/CEO of Epic Records, which has signed Blackmore. Other showbiz notables at the event included DreamWorks co-founder Jeffrey Katzenberg, talk-show host Michael Strahan, singer Ciara, songwriter/producer Tricky Stewart, DJ/producer Afrojack and manager Benny Medina.
Reid was a judge on "The X Factor" U.S. from March 2011 to December 2012. He quit the show because he said he wanted more time for his job at Epic. Scherzinger, a former member of the Pussycat Dolls singing group, was a judge on "The X Factor" U.S. in 2011. She was fired after getting many complaints from viewers about her ditsy and tearful style of judging.
In June 2012, Scherzinger became a judge on "The X Factor" U.K., where she toned down her crying meltdowns and has thrived as a mentor. The final two contestants on "The X Factor" U.K. in 2012 (winner James Arthur and and runner-up Jahmene Douglas) were mentored by Scherzinger.
Scherzinger has been working on her second solo album, which is due out on Interscope Records sometime in 2013. The album's title and release date are to be announced. The album's first single is "Boomerang," which is scheduled for release in the U.K. on March 10, 2013. Interscope Records currently does not have U.S. release dates for "Boomerang" or Scherzinger's solo albums.
The 2013 judging panels for "The X Factor" U.S. and "The X Factor" U.K. have not been announced yet.
The only person who is confirmed for either show right now is "The X Factor" executive producer Simon Cowell, who will continue to be a judge on "The X Factor" U.S.