Simon Cowell and Britney Spears
Xposure; Jill Johnson/JPI
02/22/2012 at 07:00 PM EST
, now Britney?
Less than a week after Janet Jackson
sparked speculation that she may be joining The X Factor
as a judge, Britney Spears
is now the subject of casting buzz.
"Are we flattered that there could be interest? Yes," Simon Cowell
told reporters on a conference call Wednesday, but wouldn't discuss what he thinks Spears would bring to the show as a judge. "I've learned a big lesson: keep your mouth shut. Don't give it all away."
Fellow judge L.A. Reid also played coy about the Spears rumors. "The only thing you can count on," he said, "is that we will likely have two girls." (The two newcomers would replace ousted judges
Nicole Scherzinger and Paula Abdul
In addition to Spears and Jackson, Fergie
's name has also been bandied about as a potential new judge.
"There is a load of speculation," added Cowell. "Some true and some not true. It's true to say there are a lot more people who have entered the frame this year and we really waited to see who was going to contact us before we actually contacted people."
"We are in that place right now, which is a good place to be. We will meet a number of people over the next few weeks."