Mariah Carey could judge X Factor instead of Cheryl Cole, who’s “not a name”

Mariah Carey may join Fox’s The X Factor as a judge instead of Cheryl Cole, a judge on the British version who Piers Morgan said had already been hired.

That’s according to Simon Cowell, who’s quoted in a US tabloid which is quoting a UK tablod. “I’ve said I’d love Cheryl out there but whether it will happen, who knows?” Simon told The News of the World, according to The New York Post. “Mariah Carey would be an amazing addition to the US show. And she’s exactly the right caliber of star that we want for the show.”

At issue, apparently, is the fact that most Americans don’t know who Cheryl Cole is. A Times of India report–perhaps just the News of the World report, reprinted–quotes an anonymous person who says “The Fox executives are totally against Cheryl joining the panel. Simon has put her forward and is trying to persuade them she’s perfect for the job. But they’re saying that together with her accent being difficult to understand, and nobody knowing who she is, she doesn’t have the star qualities to draw in an audience. They are going to be competing with American Idol’s star-studded panel of Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler and J-Lo, and Cheryl just doesn’t cut it compared to them. She’s not a name.”

Of course, most Americans didn’t know who Simon Cowell was eight years ago, but when have we ever let history affect our judgment?

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