'X Factor' names Kelly Rowland and Paulina Rubio as new judges
"X Factor" judge Simon Cowell is completely outnumbered. Fox announced Monday night that two more women are joining the competition's judging panel for the show's third season. Former Destiny's Child member Kelly Rowland and Latin pop singer Paulina Rubio will be sitting with the acerbic Brit and returning judge Demi Lovato this fall.
"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," Cowell said in a statement.
This is the second judging change for the singing competition. Original judges Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger were let go after the first season, and L.A Reid left the show after the second season. Britney Spears also exited after only one year in the show's sophomore season, leaving two seats open for season three.
"I am very excited to be reuniting with Simon Cowell and 'The X Factor' family,” said Rowland in a statement. “It feels great to be able to take this journey here at home in the states!” The singer participated in season eight of the U.K. version of the show.
Just last month, FOX confirmed that Mario Lopez would be returning to host, while Khloe Kardashian was out.
Season three of "X Factor" returns this fall on FOX.
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