/  03.24.2011

Nicki Minaj

X does not mark the spot for Nicki Minaj. The Young Money rapper will not be appearing as a judge on Simon Cowell’s singing competition “The X Factor.”

Page Six previously reported that Cowell was in discussions with the Harajuku Barbie to join the judging panel on the show’s upcoming U.S. edition, along with former Island Def Jam CEO L.A. Reid.

Sources connected to Minaj tell TMZ that she won’t be taking on the gig, saying, “There’s nothing going on with [‘X Factor’].”

Cowell admitted to reporters that many of the names rumored to be in talks, including Jessica Simpson and Paula Abdul, were likely leaked from his own company to stir up buzz for the show, which premieres this fall on Fox.

Mariah Carey’s name was among those in the mix, but those reports have been denied. However, the pop songbird may play a role during live shows.


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