Amid off-season turmoil on Fox’s "X Factor,” one judge is locked in for next season, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Epic Records chief L.A. Reid, whom audiences appeared to embrace, signed his option contract Friday to return to the show, the story reports. The signing came just days after Simon Cowell axed judges Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger and host Steve Jones, as previously reported.
"Reid, a veteran music executive, was among the talents who truly shined during the show’s inaugural run, showing no hesitation when it came to expressing his opinion honestly," the story notes. Some viewers thought he was even more pointed than Cowell, the piece adds.