According to a report, Simon Cowell told Billy Bush in February, "The fact that she's one of the most talked about — not just pop stars, but people — in the world today means that you've got this star power. She's still hot, she's still having hit records, and she's still controversial. There's a reason for that."
Among the choices of X-Factor were Mariah Carey, Janet Jackson, Pink and the late Whitney Houston before her death in February.
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