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Mariah Carey Replacing Nicole Scherzinger on X Factor?

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By Michael Lewittes

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“A newly slimmed down Mariah Carey is aiming to become a judge on ‘The X Factor’ — and secret talks have already begun,” begins a breathless piece from the National Enquirer.

Amid rumors that Nicole Scherzinger will leave the judges’ panel to take over for host Steve Jones next season, Carey supposedly “told the show’s creator Simon Cowell she’s prepared to jump in.”

A so-called “source” for the mag says, “She wants to be a judge and she has been in secret talks with Simon,” adding, “She promised to help pull in monster ratings this coming season.”

The Enquirer notes that Carey, who gave birth to twins in April, “had been lined up to make multiple guest appearances on the show but bowed out for various reasons.”

But now that the singer has lost all of her baby weight, “she’s ready for her grand entrance,” says the alleged source, explaining, “She was holding out until she knew she looked her best and is chomping at the bit for Simon to sign her up.”

So, is Carey really heading to the “X Factor” judges’ panel?

Don’t hold your breath.

A rep for Carey tells Gossip Cop there’s zero truth to the tab’s story.

Another bogus Enquirer tale gets eliminated.

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