L.A. Reid is traveling the country with Simon Cowell for the X-Factor auditions and he revealed what shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone that knows him – he thinks his protégée Mariah Carey has The X-Factor.
“I’m really proud of Mariah,” he said. “She’s cut from champion’s cloth, she’s a real champion.
“She’s had a long career. And she’s on top. She came back on top. I’m really proud of her, her dedication to music. She’s got the X-Factor.”
L.A. denied reports that he had slipped up and revealed a third judge, Cheryl Cole, will be joining the show as a judge.
“That is completely untrue. I never said that. I never had that conversation with anyone,” Reid said.
“It is a complete falsehood, sorry pal.”
Reid complimented the acid-tongue Cowell, who has been keeping the rest of the judges for the show a big secret.
“I’m sure that when Simon Cowell, who is a genius at this, when he decides this panel I’m sure he will nail it.”
Reid explained to That Guy Kramer what he’s looking for in the person who will win the $5 million recording deal with Sony.
“Bring it. There are no ‘do nots.’ Do whatever you feel like you must do. Entertain us. What we’re looking for is to be entertained. We want to be moved by you. It’s not just a singing competition this is a performance competition.
“We’re looking for stars.”
L.A. said there aren’t a lot of rules for who could win the final prize.
“I don’t care if you’re 12 years old or 200 years old if you really believe you have the talent and you’re up for the challenge come out.”
X-Factor auditions registration starts in Miami at 6 am on Wednesday and auditions are on Thursday.