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Report: Cowell wants Jagger for 'X Factor'

Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger at a photo

Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger at a photo call for the film "Stones in Exile" at the 63rd Cannes International Film Festival in France. (May 19, 2010) Credit: AP

   The British tabloid, the Sun, is reporting that Simon Cowell has made a pitch for  Mick Jagger as host/judge of his new "X Factor," bowing on Fox next fall.

  Also...he wants Noel Gallagher, formerly of Oasis.

 Unclear from the report whether Jagger has already passed or whether he'd be employed in addition to Gallagher - less of (duh) a name than the 'ol Mickster.

  Any of this possible? Absolutely, and it would be a horrendous move for Jagger as well; nothing like completely utterly demolishing your considerable legacy by appearing as Simon's go-to guy on his Next Big Reality Hit.

  (I can see the banter now...

  "I don't know," says Mick. "I though you were a bit pitchy."

  Simon: "Atrocious. Absolutely atrocious."

  Cut to dazed contestant. Cut to commercial.)

  But you can't blame Cowell. "American Idol" has Steven Tyler, and so obviously one-upmanship is the order of the day. SiCo has implied that a big name will be on the panel, and the name Jagger would certainly qualify. 

   Nevertheless, message to Mick: Life is too short. You have enough money. Glory has been achieved. There is nothing, nothing, that a music reality show in search of the next Susan Boyle could possibly offer you or your well-adjusted ego.

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