Simpson for US `The X Factor`?

Updated: Mar 03, 2011, 21:13 PM IST

London: Singer Jessica Simpson is reportedly one of the front-runners to be on the judging panel of the US version of ‘The X Factor’.

The 30-year-old is at the top of Simon Conwell’s list to take on one of the coveted judge-and-mentor roles on the show when it is launched this year, reports.

"No one has been offered a judging role yet as new names keep coming forward who want the role, but there are some front-runners and it`s fair to say Jessica is one of them. She`s very keen," said a source.

"She knows she is talented and likable. But Simon`s not in a rush to decide. The judges have to mentor on `The X Factor` - it`s more than just turning up for a few hours a week to appear on TV," he added.

Other people who are being tipped as favourites are Nicole Scherzinger, Mariah Carey and Cheryl Cole.