‘The X Factor’ USA: Miley Cyrus joins Demi Lovato on judging short list

Some new rumors are cropping up.

While Demi Lovato is still believed to be the favorite to land a judging gig on “The X Factor” for season 2, that doesn’t mean that Simon Cowell and company are not considering any other candidates for the job.

According to a new report from TMZ, the following people are also joining Demi on the list to potentially join Cowell, L.A. Reid, and the almost-locked-in Britney Spears on the panel when auditions begin in the coming weeks:

Miley Cyrus – Like Demi, Miley is the sort of young star that Cowell would love to have. She has ties to the Disney community, knows what it takes to make hit records, and also is never shy when it comes to having an opinion. On the flip side, we don’t know what the one-time “Hannah Montana” star would ask for to join the show, and this could be a problem considering the $15 million that is being sent Spears’ way.

Avril Lavigne – This seems to be a great choice of producers want a pretty sure thing. Avril has close ties to L.A. Reid, has been in the business for some time, and is more than a little bit opinionated. She could also cater to just about any age range in the competition.

LeAnn Rimes – We know there is some mutual interest here, but the primary problem is just that we’re not sure whether or not Rimes is too polarizing for this show. Country music only really tends to bring in a certain (albeit large) audience, and (like it or not) Rimes’ personal life is something that everyone has an opinion about.

Based on all the rumors out there, who do you want to see as the fourth judge so long as Britney signs on? Be sure to share your thoughts in the poll below!

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