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Antonio 'L.A.' Reid confirmed as judge along with Simon Cowell on 'The X-Factor'

March 18, 2011 |  1:17 pm

Reid Fox officially announced Friday that Antonio "L.A." Reid will be one of the judges on the network's upcoming singing competition "The X Factor."

The announcement comes after reports surfaced earlier this week.

“I am proud to stand next to my dear friend Simon Cowell, one of the world’s most gifted and charismatic talent magnets,” said Reid in a statement. “'The X-Factor' provides an extraordinary opportunity for aspiring artists of every age and genre to showcase their unique talents. I truly look forward to discovering our next generation of superstars.” 

Reid has worked with some of music's biggest acts including Kanye West, Pink and Justin Beiber.

 “L.A. was my No. 1 one choice to sit alongside me on the show," Simon Cowell said in a statement. "In my opinion, he is one of the greatest ever music executives and of course a fantastic writer and producer. I am thrilled he has agreed to join the show, and for any artist auditioning, they know they have the chance to meet a true star-maker.”

 Auditions for the show begin next week in Los Angeles.


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Photo: Antonio "L.A." Reid.  Credit: Alberto E. Rodriguez / Getty Images for Paramount Pictures