'X Factor': Rihanna to Guest Judge (Report)

The latest X Factor rumor is that chart-topper Rihanna will guest judge on the show’s inaugural U.S. season. According to TMZ, the singer enjoyed her U.K. X Factor finale performance so much, that she -- and series creator/star Simon Cowell -- wants seconds. It helps that Rihanna is also signed to Island Def Jam, the Universal Music Group label that X Factor judge L.A. Reid ran from 2004 until March of this year. 

Rihanna’s reps won’t confirm a booking, but in speaking with The Hollywood Reporter for an August cover story, Cowell emphasized that Reid is "expected to bring in stars."

Looking at the executive’s stable of past successes, IDJ artistsMariah Carey and Justin Bieber would likely be on the short list, as would Reid’s Arista signings UsherPink andAvril Lavigne. Reid is currently chairman and CEO of Sony-owned Epic Label Group, which counts Shakira and Sara Bareilles among its artists. Says Cowell: "L.A. is the most powerful music executive in the world right now. He brings star power with him." Read More...


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