Simon Cowell is an executive producer of "The X Factor" and "Got Talent" shows around the world. And it seems that he and other decision makers are playing musical chairs with the judges on these shows in 2013.
According to an article published by The Sun on March 19, 2013:
- Former "America's Got Talent" judge Sharon Osbourne is going back to being a judge on "The X Factor" U.K.
- Former "X Factor" Australia judge Melanie Brown (also known as Mel B) is joining "Australia's Got Talent" after joining "America's Got Talent" in February 2013:
- Former "X Factor" U.K. judge Dannii Minogue, who is a former judge on "Australia's Got Talent," is going to replace Brown on "The X Factor" Australia.
Brown and Minogue are essentially swapping places on the Australian shows, according to The Sun. Brown replaced Osbourne on "America's Got Talent."
Representatives for all of these shows have not yet commented on The Sun's report. British tabloids have been reporting for months that Tulisa Contostavlos is getting fired from "The X Factor" U.K. and that Osbourne is going to replace her, but Contostavlos denied those reports in a March 2013 interview with the Sunday People.
To make things less confusing, here's a timeline for each of these women's histories with "The X Factor" and "Got Talent."
- "The X Factor" U.K. judge from 2004 to 2007. She quit the show because she said she no longer wanted to work with Minogue.
- "America's Got Talent" judge from 2007 to 2012. She quit the show because of a dispute with NBC, the U.S. network for "America's Got Talent." Osbourne claims that NBC reneged on an oral agreement to hire her son Jack for the reality show "Stars Earn Stripes." NBC denies this allegation. Sharon Osbourne was replaced on "America's Got Talent" by Brown.
- According to The Sun: Sharon Osbourne is rejoining "The X Factor" U.K. in 2013 as a replacement for Contostavlos.
- "The X Factor" Australia judge from 2011 to 2012. She quit the show to become a judge on "Americas Got Talent."
- "America's Got Talent" judge from 2013 to date unknown.
- According to The Sun: Brown is joining "Australia's Got Talent" in 2013 as a replacement for Minogue.
- "The X Factor" U.K. judge from 2007 to 2010. She said she quit the show because it conflicted with her work schedule for "Australia's Got Talent." However, some tabloids claimed that Minogue was fired.
- "Australia's Got Talent" judge from 2007 to 2012. She quit the show to become a judge on "Britain and Ireland's Next Top Model."
- According to The Sun: Minogue is joining "The X Factor" Australia in 2013 as a replacement for Brown.
The Daily Mirror is another tabloid reporting that Minogue is replacing Brown on "The X Factor" Australia.
An unnamed sourced told the Daily Mirror: “Dannii sees Australia as her home and so this offer works perfectly for her family life with her son Ethan. Being on the Australian show also means she doesn't need to cross paths with Simon Cowell and that is no bad thing either. He has very little to do with the Aussie version and she didn't even need to speak to him about this deal.
“Dannii is delighted to be back on a show she had a lot of fun doing. She was also very successful on the U.K. version. This time around she can find talent in her own country and find a new Australian singing star.”
An unnamed source told The Sun: “She lives in Melbourne now and can spend more time with her son Ethan.”
April 29, 2013 update: In a contract dispute resolved in an Australian court, Channel 7 (the Australian network for "The X Factor" Australia successfully prevented Brown from appearing on rival Channel 9's "Australia's Got Talent." Brown was supposed to replace Minogue as a judge on "Australia's Got Talent," but instead the job went to Geri Halliwell, who, just like Brown, is a former member of the Spice Girls.
May 20, 2103 update: "The X Factor" U.S. announced that the show's judges in 2013 are Cowell, Lovato, Kelly Rowland and Paulina Rubio. Rowland was a judge on "The X Factor" U.K. in 2011, when she replaced Minogue. Nicole Scherzinger replaced Rowland on "The X Factor" U.K. in 2012.