X Factor

Cowell, Reid: 2 female judges will join 'X Factor'

Feb. 22, 2012 at 6:36 PM ET

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Rumors may be swirling that some big-named celebs want to join "The X Factor" (including Britney Spearsand LeAnn Rimes), but judges Simon Cowell and L.A. Reid aren't ready to confirm or deny any of that talk.

But it doesn't mean the two men are refusing to dish about new additions to the cast for season two. During a conference call with reporters on Wednesday, Reid said, "The only thing you can count on is that we will likely have two girls (judging). That you can probably count on."

"I think that's 100 percent," Cowell said. "There's going to be a lot of twists and turns over the next few weeks, and a lot of things we're going to announce. But while you've got 'The Voice' and 'Idol' competing with each other, I've learned a big lesson: Keep your mouth shut."

But there was another nugget of info that Cowell revealed during the call.

"There will be two (hosts)," Cowell said. "What we've learned on the show is you've got so much information you've got to relay as one person now, that it's almost impossible to have one person doing the hosting job. ... They're like newscasters now, these hosts. It's a much much bigger role."

Cowell also said that he's "always wanted" one male and one female hosting "X Factor," and believes that now it will definitely happen. "I think it's going to make it more interesting."

Season one host Steve Jones was let go in January, along with judges Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger.

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