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Nicki Minaj As 'The X Factor' Judge? Singer In Talks, Says Report

03/20/2011 07:42 am 07:42:47 | Updated May 25, 2011

Whether it's wigs, multiple personalities or just plain talent, Nicki Minaj has got it in spades. Now, the rap star may help Simon Cowell look for that X factor in a new crop of aspiring young stars.

The NY Post reports that Minaj is in talks to join Simon Cowell's British import talent competition "The X Factor" as one of its star judges.

"Nicki has a large following and she fits well with the ethos of the show, which plans to usher in a new generation of musical talent. 'X Factor' is aiming for a younger audience," a source told the paper.

Thus far, only record executive LA Reid -- the exec responsible for signing Jay-Z, Rihanna, The Killers, Justin Bieber and Kanye West -- has signed on to join the judge's panel of the show, though there are a number of big names allegedly circling the project.

According to Cowell, his former "American Idol" co-judge Paula Abdul is on the judging panel shortlist, while PEOPLE recently reported that Jessica Simpson is also a potential panel member for the show.

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