Simon Cowell Denies Rihanna X Factor UK Rumours: "I Never Spoke To Her!" - Listen

27 March 2014, 14:59 | Updated: 27 March 2014, 15:04

Rihanna with a long ponytail

The X Factor judge has responded to claims RiRi could be set to join the show for the 2014 series.

Simon Cowell has denied rumours this week that he wants Rihanna to join himself and Cheryl Cole on The X Factor UK judging panel this year.

Simon Cowell responds to the Rihanna X Factor rumours...

The Syco boss says though he has seen the rumours Rihanna was to be drafted in as a "shock" addition to the panel, he hasn't had any conversation with the Bajan star about the show.

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"I never spoke to her, I've seen the papers, I never spoke to her!" Simon revealed to Capital's showbiz reporter Kevin Hughes, at the opening night of X Factor musical I Can't Sing this week. "Probably be nice but I don't think she'd be available because of her commitments this year.

"I mean, I know her quite well, but no, I never spoke to her [about X Factor]," he added.

Cheryl Cole and Simon Cowell are the only confirmed panelists for The X Factor UK this year.