Whitney Houston

Is Simon Cowell courting Whitney Houston for The X Factor?

The diva has been approached to join the Season 2 judging panel, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Neither Houston nor Cowell have commented on the report, while Fox declined to comment.

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Houston could take one of the places vacated by Nicole Scherzinger and Paula Abdul, who were fired last week along with host Steve Jones. Cowell and L.A. Reid will return for the second season.

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Cowell has already shot down reports that Beyoncé, Elton John and Mariah Carey are on the short list of candidates, but he has not mentioned Houston, who performed on the U.K. version of X Factor in 2009. He did, however, say that Katy Perry would be "fun" and "feisty."

Houston can next be seen opposite Jordin Sparks in Sparkle, which hits theaters in August.

Would you like to see Houston on the panel? Would she make a good judge?