'X Factor' Hires New Judges Kelly Rowland And Paulina Rubio
May 21st, 2013 3:07pm EDT
Former Destiny's Child star Kelly Rowland and Latin pop star Paulina Rubio have been confirmed as the new judges on The X Factor.
Producers were forced to find new judges when Britney Spears quit after a single season on the show and original judge L.A. Reid moved on.
Demi Lovato and Simon Cowell will remain at the judges panel to welcome the newcomers when The X Factor starts its new season later this year. Production will begin this week.
Cowell, who also produces the show, said 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."
Rowland already has some judging experience, as she held the position on the British version of the reality talent show. She says, "I am very excited to be reuniting with Simon Cowell and The X Factor family. It feels great to be able to take this journey here at home in the states!"
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