Nellie Andreeva

During a live chat on Twitter to drum up interest in the upcoming auditions for his new Fox reality series, the incredibly press savvy X Factor creator-star judge-executive producer Simon Cowell said that Cheryl Cole, judge on the British X Factor and an early frontrunner for a gig on the Fox version, is still in contention. “Cheryl is in the mix,” Cowell wrote. “Talking to the network this week, hope to announce the 2 remaining judges very shortly.” So far, music producer-executive Antonio “L.A.” Reid is the only confirmed judge to join Cowell at the four-person table of X Factor.

No much other news from the chat. “What will you do if the show isn’t as successful as it is in the U.K?,” someone asked. Cowell’s reply: “Book a fast flight home.. !”

Overall, Cowell sounded pumped up about the show. “I miss judging in America!,” he tweeted. Auditions for X Factor begin March 27 in Los Angeles.

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