Cowell: ‘Michael Not Judging American X Factor’

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December 17, 2010 | 8:50pm EST

Music mogul Simon Cowell has shot down reports George Michael is set to join him as a judge on the U.S. version of The X Factor.
The Faith hitmaker was rumored to be preparing to make his comeback with a central role on the reality TV show after he was spotted in a meeting with The X Factor creator Cowell in November.

But Cowell has dismissed the speculation, telling Extra TV presenter Terri Seymour, “(Michael) will not be a judge on the U.S. The X Factor”.

The TV job was expected to mark Michael’s return to the spotlight following a series of personal woes, which recently saw him serve time behind bars for driving under the influence of drugs.