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

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First Posted: 03/20/11 08:42 AM ET Updated: 05/25/11 07:40 PM ET

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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