Janet Officially Declines 'X Factor' Gig

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From the moment The X Factor let go of Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger, speculation ran rampant as to who will fill their mentor seats in season two.

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On February 22, Simon Cowell revealed that Paula & Nicole would be replaced by two women, so naturally a short list of A-list ladies (who need no surname) began to formulate: Mariah. Britney. Pink. Janet.

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Well, you can officially cut that list by one because Janet Jackson tells TheInsider.com that she is "very flattered that X Factor let me know that I was being considered for next season, but it just wouldn't be possible."

Citing a previous commitment to her Number Ones Up Close and Personal Tour (which kicks off again this summer) and Lionsgate (the studio behind Tyler Perry's movies), Janet simply felt taking on a TV gig would be "unrealistic" at this time.

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Although Janet's team added, "There have been absolutely no meetings between Janet and anyone with regard to X-Factor," so apparently her rumored participation was simply a fan-fabrication. Although it's easy to understand why the hit-maker's name would be bandied about since she's topped the charts for more than three decades!


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