The music mogul reckons the Spice Girl could be just the person to shake things up.
‘Mel’s in pole position to join the judging panel,’ a source tells the News Of The World.
‘She’s ideal and Simon Cowell is eager for her to join the team.’
Mel, 33, is said to be in talks to sign a £500,000 deal, beating Cheryl Cole, Charlotte Church and Lulu to the job.
Sharon, 55, quit the ITV show last week after reportedly failing to reach an agreement with show bosses about pay.
'After four fantastic and successful series of The X Factor, she has decided to leave the show,' her spokesman said.
'Sharon would like to thank the wonderful British public for their enormous support during what's been an exciting ride.
'She would also like to take this opportunity to thank Simon Cowell and ITV, while wishing them all the best for the next series.'