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L.A. Reid to be judge on Simon Cowell's 'The X-Factor'? [Updated]

March 16, 2011 |  2:29 pm

Reid Antonio "L.A." Reid is rumored to be one of the new faces of Simon Cowell’s singing competition series “The X Factor.”

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Reid is said to be near a deal to be one of four judges on the series. And he certainly has the background for it. As a record executive and music producer, his talent roster includes big names such as Mariah Carey, Justin Bieber, Pink, Kanye West ... you get the picture.

Calls and e-mails to Fox were not immediately returned.

Auditions for the competition start March 27 in Los Angeles. The winner will receive a Sony Music recording contract worth $5 million.

[Updated, 5:53 p.m.: A Fox spokesperson said the network is "not commenting on the rumors/speculation."]

Show Trackers, what do you think of the decision? Do you prefer celebrity singers such as "American Idol's" Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler as judges? Do you plan to tune in?

--Yvonne Villarreal

Photo: L.A. Reid. Credit: Getty Images