15/12/2012 11:50 GMT | Updated 14/02/2013 10:12 GMT

Simon Cowell Wants Rihanna To Be UK X Factor Judge Next Year

Another week and another rumour about the next series of The X Factor - Simon Cowell apparently wants to enlist Rihanna for the 2013 season.

This year's series of the show has struggled to keep viewers, with it being regularly overtaken in the figures by Strictly Come Dancing.


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Producers were also worried the audience were making a mockery of the show by voting Christopher Maloney into the final.

So Simon Cowell has apparently launched a plan to get things back on track by enlisting Rihanna to work as a judge - and is offering the choice of either the US or UK versions of the show.

The American series has also struggled to get high viewing figures, despite Britney Spears joining the judging panel this year.

A source told the Sun: "Simon is a huge admirer of Rihanna and knows she's star quality. As well as bringing an aura to the panel thanks to her current standing in music, she is also feisty and will make great TV. Simon loves these sort of characters."

He is also apparently thinking of asking Rih's on-off boyfriend Chris Brown to join the panel to replace LA Reid.

Cowell may be getting desperate to find someone to bring some sparkle back to the show, as Cheryl Cole has ruled herself out of ever making a return, telling Graham Norton on his BBC show that she would not consider making a comeback.