By James Hibberd
Updated March 03, 2011 at 09:56 PM EST
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Image Credit: Bob Charlotte/Solarpix/Tina Gill/PR PhotosSomeday in the not too distant future, radio stations will have nothing to play because all the popular artists will be busy judging TV talent shows.

But until then, Simon Cowell’s X Factor has some seats to fill. It’s the next big singing competition series at bat to have flirtations with celebrity vocalists. With American Idol landing Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler, and now NBC’s upcoming The Voice tapping Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green and Adam Levine, the bar is set fairly high for Cowell’s venture, which debuts this fall.

So far there’s only one judge/coach hired — Cowell himself. But in an interview with Access Hollywood, the Brit mentioned a slew of celebrities that he’s talked to about joining the show (none have been hired):

Paula Abdul — A Simon-Paula reunion makes total sense, though her CBS dancing show Live to Dance was such a flop, it makes us wonder how much of a draw she really is.

Mariah Carey — A name that seems to be floated whenever a talent show is looking for judges.

Jessica Simpson — Some sources say she isn’t a serious candidate.

George Michael — Interesting…

And former Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger — But she was just a judge NBC’s well-rated The Sing-Off.

What do you think? Would any of these candidates make you more/less likely to tune in next fall?

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