updated 02/22/2012 AT 7:00 PM ET
•originally published 02/22/2012 AT 7:35 PM ET
First Janet, now Britney?
“Are we flattered that there could be interest? Yes,” Simon Cowell told reporters on a conference call Wednesday, but wouldn’t discuss what he thinks Spears would bring to the show as a judge. “I’ve learned a big lesson: keep your mouth shut. Don’t give it all away.”
Fellow judge L.A. Reid also played coy about the Spears rumors. “The only thing you can count on,” he said, “is that we will likely have two girls.” (The two newcomers would replace ousted judges Nicole Scherzinger and Paula Abdul.)
In addition to Spears and Jackson, Fergie’s name has also been bandied about as a potential new judge.
“There is a load of speculation,” added Cowell. “Some true and some not true. It’s true to say there are a lot more people who have entered the frame this year and we really waited to see who was going to contact us before we actually contacted people.”
“We are in that place right now, which is a good place to be. We will meet a number of people over the next few weeks.”