Kelly Rowland Officially Joins Simon Cowell, Demi Lavato & Paulina Rubio As The New Judge Of X Factor

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Kelly Rowland continues to have one of the most amazing years of her career.  She smashed the SuperBowl along with Beyonce’, hosted the Oscars red carpet, made People Magazine’s Most Beautiful People List, released several hot singles, released a new album with Destiny’s Child and had a great interview with CNikky!!  Now, she can add judge of The X-Factor to her list!

According to TheWrap:

It’s girl power on the third season of Fox’s “The X Factor” as Simon Cowell finds himself as the lone male judge.

As TheWrap previously reported, Kelly Rowland and Paulina Rubio will join returning judges Demi Lovato and Cowell.

“It’s taken more than a decade but I’m delighted to finally be on a panel with three girls (I think!),” Cowell said in a statement.

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“Paulina and Kelly both have great taste and massive experience in the music industry and together with Demi, this is going to be a fun panel. It just feels like the time to do something different.”

A source close to negotiations told TheWrap that Rowland’s deal closed earlier on Monday. Paulina’s legal team flew to Los Angeles on Monday afternoon and just finalized the deal within the last hour.

“I am very excited to be reuniting with Simon Cowell and ‘The X Factor’ family,” said Rowland. “It feels great to be able to take this journey here at home in the states!”

Added Rubio: “I love ‘The X Factor’! I can’t wait to find the next big music star here in America,” added Rubio. “I’m so thrilled to be part of the show as a judge. Simon, be careful what you wish for, let’s see if you are ready to handle me, empieza la fiesta, amigo!”

After original judge L.A. Reid and Season 2’s Britney Spears left the series last season, the show has changed its strategy, a person with knowledge of the production’s plans told TheWrap. Instead of casting judges on merely name alone, it also looked at chemistry with returning judges Lovato and Cowell.

Additionally, Mario Lopez will return to host the show. It’s unclear whether the production is considering a replacement for booted Season 2 co-host, Khloe Kardashian.

Shooting begins on Tuesday with the first day of auditions in Charleston, S.C. Season 3 premieres this fall.

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