x factor judgesPop-Ed: Nicki Minaj. Fergie. Jessica Simpson. Rihanna. What do they have in common? They're all huge pop stars, and they're all probably not joining Simon Cowell's new FOX singing competition 'The X Factor.'

So why does each week bring a new story about a major artist supposedly in talks for the show, followed by the next week's headline sheepishly verifying said starlet is "definitely not" signing on with Cowell. So far the only confirmed judges are L.A. Reid and Cheryl Cole. That's right -- L.A. who (kinda kidding) and Cheryl who (kinda not really kidding)?

Both judges have credentials -- Reid is a veteran record executive and producer, most recently in charge of Island Def Jam, and Cole was in pop group Girls Aloud and judged the original 'X Factor' in Britain. But is either judge an internationally famous, name-brand celebrity like Fergie or Rihanna? No.