The X Factor USA is preparing for its third season and, it will also be the third season that we will have a different judging panel. The first season of The X Factor USA saw the line up of Simon Cowell, LA Reid, Paul Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger. However, Paula and Nicole were booted off the panel for the second season and replaced by Britney Spears and Demi Lovato.
While it had been hoped that they could keep the same judging panel for the third season of The X Factor USA, unfortunately, LA Reid and Britney Spears have decided to leave the show. That has led two empty seats and a whole host of names linked to the role. Now, singer Ne-Yo has all but confirmed that he will be appearing as a judge on the next season of The X Factor.
He explained, "As of right now it's not something I can really talk about. I need to keep that under wraps. Just know that if and when it happens, the world will know. I definitely have an appreciation for those kinds of shows. Any show that facilitates an artist furthering their career and pursuing their dreams, I'm all for it. There's been a few lunches and dinners, but that's all I can say right now."
It does seem like he is trying to hide the fact that he will be joining the show and, if that is the case, we will only have one empty seat left at the judges table. With that said, it has been claimed that former judge Cheryl Cole is almost a dead cert to be returning to the show.