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Avril Lavigne

In the Running

for 'X Factor' Judge Job

2/26/2012 6:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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With two judging slots to fill, it seems the folks at "X Factor" might not have to look far to fill one of the spots ... because former L.A. Reid protégé Avril Lavigne is interested in the gig ... TMZ has learned. 

According to our sources, Avril had her people reach out to the folks at "X Factor" to let them know she'd like to be considered for the job. Our sources says Avril feels that since she came up in the biz at such a  young age, she can mentor the kids on the show the right way.

We're told talks are already happening between the two sides.

Besides her connection to Reid, Avril performed on the finale of season one of "X Factor" with finalist Chris Rene.

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King of TMZ    

a wise decision would be to have Cheryl Cole back on the show but they won't do that would they? One pinhead to be removed from executive decisions and just remain a judge is Simon Cowell... he is out of touch with what's fresh anymore he just wants big names in the show (even such exposure might ruin their careers) rather than choosing FRESH new faces that are interesting and intriguing... If you want JLO just offer her 25$ mil and I am sure she ll say yes! but trying to find an anti-JLO well there is Kim Kardashian for you maybe you should consider her lol Britney, Mariah, Celine Dion,.... they will all fail to capture public interest instead public will realize these celebrities are as dull and airheady as Nicole or Post-AI-Simon.

908 days ago
17.

Max    

Would be an awful decision, she's the definition of entitlement pop garbage. "You betters respectz me, I'm hard, cool and tuff!" What a joke. And it's scary how good the Idol competition is this year compared to X Factor's schlubbs.

908 days ago
18.

Beth    

Of course she wants the gig-she doesn't have a following anymore-and how can she pretend she is an A list without the funds? Stick to writing songs. You sold out right after you condemned Britney as a popgum star. Look what you are doing now? You totally switched your style as well. Would be a mistake for X Factor...

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19.

Chuck    

I'm beginning to think Simon Cowell is on the verge of being institutionalized. The money and fame appears to have taken him to the deep end.

908 days ago
20.

taz    

I see now. They're looking for someone irrelevant and cheap to hire.

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21.

Sally    

She would have been the last of my picks - there are too many other talents that would be so much better.

908 days ago
22.

Luke    

avril has so much talent, unlike the majority of female artists today, she doesn't need to prance around in her underwear and show off her body to sell. she's made a name for herself by writing and producing her own music and her talent. just because you don't like her music, doesn't mean she has no talent? her voice is incredible, i saw her live last year and her vocals during 'alice' blew me away. perfect. and she can pretty much play any instrument you throw at her, so yes, she is talented. as for the person who said she has one hit 10 years ago? what are you on about? 3 number one albums.. and a number of hit singles through-out the decade shows that she's no one hit wonder. she'd be a fantastic judge.

908 days ago
23.

lauren    

She is talentless!!!!

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24.

MC GRUNT    

Who??

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25.

LIN    

Awesome..maybe she'll make fun of and laugh at the contestants like she did on Idol...I cannot believe they are even considering this troll...I think Simon has lost his touch and this show is going to go down in flames here! Class-less..truly...

908 days ago
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Debbie    

Ugh! No way... that would keep me from watching next season.

908 days ago
27.

Jus    

Ugh....I was hoping they'd get someone like P!nk to be a judge. I can't even come up with a song Avril's done except SK8er boi and that song wasn't even decent.

908 days ago
28.

jeff    

Avril Lavigne rocks. She's the last of a dying breed of people who sing live(no lipsynching) plays instruments, and straight up plays rock n' roll. Go to her facebook page and see how popular she is. You'd be suprised. She reminds me of Joan Jett. Who still rocks too.

908 days ago
29.

B    

Shouldn't a judge know talent?

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30.

Mikki Lanclos    

What a poor choice! She is one of the rudest snottiest singers and when she was young it wasn't any better. Is she going to mentor them into being *******s like she was?

Lots of examples, but I remember when Idol was in it's first season and Kelly and Justin were the finalists and presented an award to her and Kelly Clarkson tried to give her a hug, like all presenters do, to congratulate her and she shrugged her off and made this face like she was trash trying to touch her... Her attitude hasn't gotten better.

BAD CHOICE SIMON!

908 days ago
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