March 18, 2011

US X Factor Season 1 – Simon Cowell Officially Appoints Antonio “L.A.” Reid As New X Factor Judge

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After many names being thrown around in the rumor mill like Cheryl Cole, Paula Abdul, and Enrique Iglesias, Simon Cowell officially announced Antonio “L.A.” Reid as one of the new judges for the US X Factor today. More below from US Magazine.

…Cowell says the Grammy-winner, 54, was top of mind when it came to picking the panel.

“L.A. was my number one choice to sit alongside me on the show,” Cowell tells in a statement released by the network Friday. “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.”

Having a hand in launching the careers of Justin Bieber, Kanye West, Jay-Z and Mariah Carey, Reid has earned three Grammy Awards and seen 33 of his hits reach No. 1.

“I am proud to stand next to my dear friend Simon, one of the world’s most gifted and charismatic talent magnets,” Reid says. “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.”

So, what do you think: Good or bad choice?? Honestly, I’m not very familiar with L.A, but, I very much like the artists he’s helped ….especially Mariah Carey.