Rihanna To Join Cheryl Cole And Simon Cowell On X Factor UK?

25 March 2014, 09:19 | Updated: 25 March 2014, 09:24

Rihanna at Heathrow airport

The 'What Now' star is linked to a role as the "shock value" judge on this year's show.

Rihanna is rumoured to be one of Simon Cowell's top choices for a potential judging spot on The X Factor UK panel this year.

The talent show boss and Cheryl Cole are currently searching for a fourth judge to join them, and heavily rumoured panelist Louis Walsh, when the show returns this summer.

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Fresh rumours suggest Simon is keep to bring in 'What Now' singer Rihanna to give the show a bit of shock value.

"Simon and Cheryl have two months to find someone to sit in that chair and they want to get the right person," a source told the Daily Star this week. "Rihanna would be a shock selection because she is not an obvious choice for a family show, but that's what he wants.

"This year is an important one for The X Factor," they added. "Simon can't be complacent and has to come back with a real A Team."

Rihanna arrived back in London this week amid rumours she is set to join Drake when he plays the UK capital on tour.