Auditions for the U.S. version of ‘The X-Factor’ have begun, and Simon Cowell told reporters earlier today that Fergie of the Black Eyed Peas is in line to be a judge on the FOX show. “All I can tell you is that her name was put forward,” Cowell said in a conference call. “But like a lot of other people we’ve spoken to, we have to check out everybody’s availability. There’s a lot of time you have to put into the show, because it’s not a ‘two-day-a-week’ with this. When you’re in the live show, it’s because you’re mentoring the contestant. You’re working five or six days a week.” Read more.