Simon Cowell wants to give the 17-year-old babe a fighting chance of winning The X Factor. The music mogul knows it would be a huge coup to get the controversial rapper on his show. And he is convinced a duet with the teenager would be TV gold for the ITV1 series.
While negotiations are still ongoing, Black Eyed Peas frontman will.i.am is being lined up as a fall-back plan in case Eminem, 38, says no. Will, 35, who performed on the show last weekend, helped his pal Cheryl Cole, 27, pick Cher during the judges’ homes stage of the competition.
He has made no secret that he is determined to work with her on her debut album. The US star has even said he will sign Cher to his record label if Simon does not give her a deal himself.
A show insider said: “There has been a lot of talk about Eminem. That would really give us an amazing moment on the show, like when Beyoncé sang with Alex Burke." “Eminem would be a massive coup. for us. And he’s not out of our reach. “It would be one of those moments we will still be talking about in years to come.”
Christina Augilera, 29, will also duet with either Rebecca Ferguson, 27, Matt Cardle, 27 or boyband One Direction. Robbie Williams, 36, and Rihanna, 22, will also return to the show.