Cheryl Cole and Nicole Scherzinger to judge American X Factor

“At the moment you are going to see me doing one show next year – and not one in England. I have a contract for this year and that is it,” Simon told The Sun.

“I am going to sit it out for a few more weeks before I make a final decision. And it has to be fun. The minute it stops being fun, bye bye.”

Meanwhile, X Factor will debut on Fox in early 2011 and The New York Post has announced that Nicole Scherzinger and Cheryl Cole will join the judge panel of the 2011 US singing competition.

While everyone watches – for now – on the American Idol, with Simon Cowell leading next year’s Fox show, we’re pretty sure that X factor will draw everyone’s attention.

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Jennifer Lopez – $12 million American Idol judge

Other reports say the singer failed in negotiating a much more amount of money, meaning $15 million and a movie.

A source said: “She was angling for an overall deal at Fox, including a put picture, to keep the movie career going. But Fox said, ‘No’. In the old days, these were called a ‘vanity deal’ for good reason. They simply don’t exist today. Will Smith doesn’t have put pictures.”

Moreover, as sources tell, the singer seemed to agreed with the sum and signed a contract that stipulates a $12 million annually.

“I think it was just positioning. In the end, she didn’t turn up her nose up at $12 million. I would have been very surprised if she had walked away… She lives very, very well. It comes at a cost.”

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Yahoo! wants a slice of Hulu

Hulu, owned by three of the largest U.S. broadcast networks is preparing a share sale as early as this year that may value the company at more than $2 billion, says a source close to the plan, on August 16.

Jordan Rohan, an analyst with Stifel Nicolaus in New York, wrote in a note today that Yahoo, owner of the second-most popular U.S. Internet search engine, would consider acquiring a stake in Hulu to solidify itself as an entertainment destination and a “must-buy” for advertisers.

Hulu’s estimated $200 million in revenue this year “implies superior monetization” compared with Google Inc.’s YouTube video site, Rohan wrote.

“Such an acquisition could be a very smart strategic move as the Yahoo sales force would be able to cross-sell Hulu inventory with parts of Yahoo’s own content initiative,” wrote Rohan, who recommends holding Yahoo shares.

Founded in 2007 by General Electric Co.’s NBC Universal and News Corp.’s Fox, Hulu started as an advertising-supported service for viewers to watch previously broadcast TV shows for free online.

Now the venture, also owned by Walt Disney Co.’s ABC and Providence Equity Partners Inc., is starting a subscription service.

Chris Isaak to replace Simon Cowell on American Idol?

The rumors are fueled by the fact that he has met twice with those of Fox.

Chris Isaak, along with music, has appeared over the years in numerous television series such as “Eastwick”, “Cold Case”, “Smallville” and in his own television show, “Chris Isaak Show”. Another singer, Harry Connick Jr., was also considered.

Even rocker Bret Michaels would like the role of judge for “American Idol”, even making lobby last week in an interview for Headline News (“I would love to do it, I would really bring it to the table”, Michaels told Joy Behar). Some sources, however, say that Michaels doesn’t have any chances in the race.

In addition, Donald Trump lobbied to replace Simon Cowell, despite his long association with NBC as a producer and judge of “The Apprentice”.

While Fox insisted that no decision is imminent, network entertainment president Peter Rice said that until the beginning of September, the new judge will join the Caravan.

They want the “American Idol” judge to be similar to “X Factor” Simon Cowell. In many ways, Fox tries to realize who is the right “piece”, a delicate process, considering the long-term tension between Cowell and the executive producer of “American Idol, Simon Fuller.

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