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Janet Officially Declines 'X Factor' Gig
From the moment The X Factor let go of Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger, speculation ran rampant as to who will fill their mentor seats in season two.
On February 22, Simon Cowell revealed that Paula and Nicole would be replaced by two women, so naturally a short list of A-list ladies (who need no surname) began to formulate: Mariah. Britney. Pink. Janet.
Well, you can officially cut that list by one, because Janet Jackson tells TheInsider.com that she is "very flattered that X Factor let me know that I was being considered for next season, but it just wouldn't be possible."
Citing a previous commitment to her Number Ones Up Close and Personal Tour (which kicks off again this summer) and Lionsgate (the studio behind Tyler Perry's movies), Janet simply felt taking on a TV gig would be "unrealistic" at this time.
Janet's team added, "There have been absolutely no meetings between Janet and anyone with regard to X-Factor," so apparently her rumored participation was simply a fan fabrication. Although it's easy to understand why the hit-maker's name would be bandied about, since she's topped the charts for more than three decades!