Rumors continue to swirl regarding who will join Simon Cowell on the "X Factor USA" judging panel this fall--Cheryl Cole? Nicole Scherzinger? Snoop Dogg? Paula Abdul?--but we do know that L.A. Reid will be on the show for sure. And considering the enthusiasm he exhibited when I recently interviewed him about his plum new TV gig, it's certain that he's the right man for the job.
Of course, with a résumé that includes co-founding of LaFace Records and working with the A-lister likes of Mariah Carey, Pink, Usher, Rihanna, Justin Bieber, Kanye West, Avril Lavigne, TLC, and Outkast, L.A. has all the qualifications for the job. But what struck me most about our interview was his unabashed admiration for Simon Cowell. While it's likely that a man with L.A.'s strong personality and music-biz experience will butt heads with Simon from time to time once "The X Factor" hits the airwaves in September, I'm suspecting there's going to be a total bromance going on between those two, too.
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