The Black Eyed Peas singer Fergie was a potential “X Factor” judge.
Born Stacy Ann Ferguson, she has no interest for now. “Timing is everything and it’s not the right time for me. I love Simon and I love the show. It’s just that, do I have the time to commit to that sort of commitment because I would be somebody who would really throw myself into it, as I do with all my projects … It’s just not fair to the contestants and their careers — that’s their career — to not be full in.” Since Cowell fired the host and judges including Paula Abdul, possible replacements included Janet Jackson, and Mariah Carey. In early March, Britney Spears turned down a $10 million offer to judge because she wanted $20 million. She debuted last week alongside fellow newbie Demi Lovato and returning judges L.A. Reid and Simon Cowell.