The 35-year-old pop beauty, who was undoubtedly the star of last year's series, is determined to earn what she thinks she's worth this year, alongside Gary Barlow, Louis Walsh and Sharon Osbourne, the Mirror reported.
Show sources have revealed to the publication that the former Pussycat Doll is in talks with 53-year-old Simon, but the current sticking point is her fee.
Last year she got 750,000 pounds, less than Barlow but more than Tulisa Contostavlos, who looks unlikely to go back for a third time.
Nicole, who is dating F1 ace Lewis Hamilton, would also benefit from a sales boost for her next album, which is on sale around the time of the new series.
--ANI (Posted on 25-03-2013)