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Simon Cowell is offering Beyonce an annual salary of $100 million to be a full-time judge on The X-Factor, according to reports online.

It would the highest TV salary ever, and could be the perfect job for Beyonce, 30, who gave birth to daughter Blue Ivy, her first child with husband Jay-Z, last month. The X-Factor gig could allow the Grammy winning singer to stay in the public eye during her baby's first years without having to tour.

Fellow first-time mom Mariah Carey was originally X-Factor producer Cowell's choice, but things have changed, a source told MediaTakeOut.com, which first reported the rumour.

"He wants a big-name female star on the panel," the source said. "Mariah [Carey] is good, but she's not that hot today. He wants Beyoncé because that would immediately give him the bounce needed to beat 'American Idol.'"

X-Factor's inaugural season fell below expectations ratings-wise, and Cowell axed judges Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger as well as host Steve Jones earlier this week.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition February 4, 2012 G2

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