Jessica Mauboy is believed to be keen to join the judging panel on The X Factor in 2014.
The Sunday Telegraph suggests Seven executives are keen to have the her involved in some way, but that Natalie Bassingthwaighte,Redfoo, Dannii Minogue and Ronan Keating are expected to return.
“There’s nothing to say Jess can’t come in as a fifth judge, it’s just a matter of getting that approved from Simon Cowell’s camp overseas, as they own the rights,” says a production source.
“Executives are really impressed by Jess and they’d love to have her involved in some way, it’s just a matter of how to fit her in,” says another well-placed source.
Mauboy was famously a runner up on Australian Idol, defeated by Damien Leith in 2006.
But it strikes me that Mauboy would be excellent for The Voice Kids, along with other youthful entertainers such as Ricki-Lee and Anthony Callea. Tina Arena may have briefly returned to Young Talent Time, but she’s another name who would be perfect (NB: Mel B’s name has already been rumoured here).
Meanwhile, Seal is not expected to return as a coach on The Voice. Any chance of Keith Urban returning? He’s back on American Idol.