Date: Wed, 22 May 2013 12:03:30 +0200
- OH NO!!
It's Official: Kellendria Rowlegend and Paulina Rubio joining X Factor
It's official: joining Simon Cowell and Demi Lovato as judges on season three of The X Factor U.S. will be singers Kelly Rowland and Paulina Rubio, Fox has announced.
Said Cowell in a statement: “It’s taken more than a decade but I’m delighted to finally be on a panel with three girls (I think!). 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.”
The much rumored move is unsurprising, as Rowland previously served as a judge on the eighth season of The X Factor U.K. This wouldn’t be the first time Cowell has pulled talent from his series across the pond. In the first season of The X Factor U.S., Cowell had initially tapped Cheryl Cole to judge, though she was ultimately replaced by Pussycat Dolls singer Nicole Scherzinger, who herself later moved across the pond to judge in the U.K.
As THR previously reported, the plan was for the new panel to be in place by the time auditions kick off in Charleston, South Carolina, on Tuesday, May 21. There, the two ladies will fill the seats of season two judges Britney Spears and L.A. Reid, who both vacated their posts in 2012.
Auditions without the judges have already concluded in a handful of cities, including Denver and Los Angeles, the latter where an estimated 10,000 people attended open-call try-outs in March 6, 2013.
Mario Lopez is set to return as series host, while former co-host Khloe Kardashian is out. It is not yet clear whether Lopez will host the show solo, or whether another co-host will be selected prior to the live broadcasts.