"Demi, I knew she wasn't coming back because she's touring," Simon told us, "so we always knew that." But, "In terms of next season, I don't know yet. They've all been great, but I think it's definitely time for a change." Even if Simon did want Kelly and Paulina back on the judge's table, "I have to talk to them to see if they want to come back and what their commitments are."
It's no secret that Demi has drawn in a younger audience for the show, and surely Simon wants to keep up that momentum. "There's somebody in mind that we've watched for a while for this show," Simon told us, "who suddenly became available." And while he didn't give a lot of clues, he did reveal that the person is "larger than life and would be spectacular."
Hmm, if he lands that big fish, will he finally take a break? Simon's been working hard for years--from American Idol to his record label Syco to X Factor--but now that he's got a baby on the way, we wonder if he plans to take some time off. "I'll drop dead working, you know," he told us. "And as long as we're relevant, as long as we're having hits and as long as we're creating stars then I love this job. And the minute it stops then we have to stop. I've always said that."
What a work ethic! Who do you want to see on as a judge next season for X Factor?