No Halt To ‘X Factor’ Panelists Rumors

One Direction

By Elizabeth Lancaster

No exhaling yet for fans of “The X Factor”! In an interview yesterday with “Access Hollywood,” Simon Cowell broke it down for everyone and explained who he is currently supporting musically, and who he CLEARLY is not.

Clearly supporting: One Direction. “We’ve been missing this kind of pop boom for a while and I think this is going to be the beginning of a wave,” he said of One Direction’s incredible success. He admires their “solid fan base” and ended the conversation proclaiming, “They’re smart boys.”

(Don’t forget, One Direction was discovered on the U.K. version of “The X Factor.” Find out everything you need to know about the latest boy band sensation in our primer – One Direction: A Guide To The Biggest Boy Band Around)

So if Simon likes One Direction, who is he not so interested in? Well, in response to inquiries about Darren Criss being asked to host “X Factor,” Simon said, “I don’t know who he is.” When he was altered to the fact that Criss is a breakout from “Glee,” he asked, “Is he the one in the wheelchair? I like him.”

So who will be on the panel? That remains as up in the air as ever.

“At the moment, all the concentration is on the judging panel. I’ve got to be honest with you, as usual Billy, this is all gonna happen at the last minute. I can feel it,” Cowell told “Access Hollywood.” “There’s so much going on at the moment over there with the show. It’s a lot of work to put in and there’s a new component to the show which is exciting and I’m not going to talk about it yet ‘cause I don’t want to tell the others what I’m doing. So there’s just a lot going on. So I think in terms of order, we’ve got to land the judges, and then, I think you’ve gotta work out the hosts, based on who the judges are gonna be to make sure you get the right chemistry.”

So the search continues. Who would you like to see join “The X Factor”? Let us know in the comments below.