Simon Cowell Taps Mariah Carey for 'X Factor'

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Simon Cowell has reportedly chosen Mariah Carey to play a role on his new talent show "The X Factor."

"I think Mariah will have a role on the live shows," Cowell told Spokane, Washington DJ Jackie Brown on her 92.9 ZZU radio show.

Cowell added: "I met her recently and she was on great form. And her idea was to be the judge of the judges, which only Mariah could come up with. She'll be involved in some form. I literally adore her. I love her to bits."

There had been speculation that Carey would be named a judge on the show but Cowell previously denied she had been chosen. The former "American Idol" judge has already announced that music producer L.A. Reid -- whom he describes as "the number one hitmaker in the world at the moment" -- would join him at the judge's table, but he is still searching for a third.

"The X Factor" debuts this fall on FOX.