*Simon Cowell and Will.I.am are reportedly in talks to create a technology-based competition show, reports Deadline.com.


The Black Eyed Peas frontman first brought up the idea of the collaboration with “The X-Factor” judge at the UK’s Royal Television Society’s “When Worlds Collide” conference last week.

“We’re working on a project called ‘X-Factor’ for tech, and it’s going to be out of this world,” the singer said via a live video conference Q&A from LA, according to reports in the British press. Will.i.am told the conference he and Cowell discussed the idea a couple of weeks ago over dinner.

Part of the concept to make the as-yet-unnamed project unique from “X-Factor” or “American Idol” was economic scale: “Singing and performance create a couple of jobs, but this will create jobs,” Will.i.am said.