Has RiRi got the X Factor?

Mimi ON Sep 13, 2011 AT 10:41 am

Rihanna

Rihanna

Rihanna has reportedly signed up to be a mentor on the US ‘X Factor’.

The ‘Rude Boy’ is set to help judge L.A. Reid choose his final four acts after Simon Cowell was so impressed with her performance on the UK version of the show last year. She’s not the only one though as rumours are that Mariah Carey will also be acting as a guest mentor on the series.

A source told The Sun newspaper: “Simon loves Rihanna and loved having her on the UK show last year – so it’s no surprise he wants her back.

“He hasn’t officially announced her yet as he loves keeping everyone guessing. But fans are already getting excited.”

The 23-year-old singer was rumoured to be in the running for a place on the judging panel, but she did not make the final line-up – which is comprised of L.A., Simon, Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger.

The 51-year-old music mogul – who left the UK ‘X Factor’ last year to concentrate on his judging role on the new American show – recently branded a performance on the upcoming series “utterly s**t” during a short preview of competition, and he added: “I am hating this. It’s gotta go.”

Simon admitted he was close to walking off the set, but explained his boot camp rant was because of poor sound.

He said: “There were about 90 contestants and everything went wrong. It wasn’t their fault.

“It’s the meltdown of all meltdowns. I wasn’t afraid to say, ‘This is a shambles.’

“We’re going to show the good, bad and ugly bits. And there are lots of ugly bits.”#

Anyone else curious to see how this show pans out in the States??

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