Tommy Mottola in Talks to Judge Idol and X Factor

January 27, 2010 By:
Tommy Mottola in Talks to Judge Idol and X Factor

With Simon Cowell leaving American Idol and heading to X Factor, the talk of the town has been about who will take his seat. Sources tell People one of the leading contenders is music executive Tommy Mottola.

Yes, the ex Mr. Mariah Carey is reportedly in negotiations to either fill Cowell’s seat on Idol, or go with him to the new show. “Both X Factor and Idol are interested in working with Tommy,” the source said. “Nothing has been decided but they are talking. He’s a shrewd negotiator and a legendary music impresario who has a great ear and instinctively knows talent. He is the perfect person for something like this.”

But, the insider made it clear that no decisions have been made yet. “No one has been offered a judging [position] on American Idol yet and there are no front-runners either,” said the insider. “They have a lot of time to go over their options.”

Tommy would obviously be a great choice to judge either competition. He knows a thing or two about discovering talent! He’s been involved in launching Jennifer Lopez’s, Jessica Simpson’s, and Diana Ross’ careers!