The troubled 'Machete' actress - who could face a jail term over a recent accusation she stole a $2,500 necklace from upmarket Californian boutique Kamofie & Company - is reportedly wanted by Simon Cowell to join him on the judging panel.
A source told the Daily Mirror: "Simon wants him and three beautiful girls on the panel. He will sit there like the cat that got the cream. Lindsay is notorious but she will give the show an edginess.
"There's been serious talks but Lindsay's legal issues and her commitment to stay sober need to be worked through. She knows this could turn her life around."
Cheryl Cole and Nicole Scherzinger are frontrunners for roles on the show when it launches in America later this year but Simon is still trying to decide on the perfect combination.
The music mogul - who is set to announce the highly anticipated final judging line-up for the show within the next month - has previously said he is looking for an American superstar to join the judges and recently conceded 'OMG' hitmaker Usher fits the bill.
He said: "I like Usher, I like the fact he worked with Justin Bieber, great mentor. But it's about the level of commitment someone is willing to give to the show and if they're willing to help another artist."
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