Simon Cowell Reportedly Taps George Michael As US X-Factor Judge
Posted on Thu Dec 16, 2010 09:02 AM PDT

xfactorlogo200.jpgLOS ANGELES, California (X17online) - Simon Cowell has reportedly tapped troubled British singer George Michael to join the judges panel for the US version of The X Factor , The Sun reported Thursday.

The former Wham! star will join Cowell and UK X-Factor judge and Girls Aloud singer Cheryl Cole on the debut series in the US next year.

Michael could use a chance to clean up his image. He was arrested July 4 after allegedly crashing his car into a London photo shop. He was then arrested again August 24 for possession of marijuana and driving while unfit due to drink and/or drugs.

"George is going to take the job. It's an amazing opportunity to get back in the limelight and reverse his recent bad spell. Simon knows that Americans love him. He is as big in the US as he is over here. He is a true star and has the wit and experience for the job. It's the perfect platform to resurrect his career," says a UK source. "