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Simon Cowell: George Michael will not be a judge

Simon Cowell has dismissed reports that he offered a judge’s seat to troubled singer George Michael on the upcoming U.S. version of ‘The X Factor’.

The hitmaker was reported to be taking a central role in the programme after he was seen meeting up with Cowell in November.

However, Cowell shot down the reports, telling Extra TV presenter Terri Seymour bluntly, "[Michael] will not be a judge on the U.S. The X Factor".

The reports accompany rumours that George Michael is hoping to make a comeback after suffering personal woes which saw him locked up for a time after being convicted of driving under the influence of drugs.

Watch the star making a guest appearance on 'The X Factor' back in 2009, below: