Grammy winning record executive, songwriter, and Island Def Jam Group CEO, Antonio “L.A.” Reid, will be a judge on Simon Cowell’s highly anticipated reality show, “X Factor,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Reid will get an early release from his contract ending in December with Universal Music in order to participate in Cowell’s show, which awards a $5-million Sony Music recording contract to the winning contestant.

L.A. may also land a position with Sony Music. The label is going through a major management restructuring after Doug Morris, current chairman of UMG, takes over as Sony Music CEO on July 1.

Auditions for “The X Factor” begin on March 27 in Los Angeles and the show will premiere in September on FOX.

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