No need for any more speculation, because it’s official: Kelly Rowland has joined the judging panel of ‘The X Factor USA’.
Full story, including who else will be siting with, after the jump…
Ending months of “is she / isn’t she” debate, the ‘Dirty Laundry‘ singer was unveiled as the centerpiece of the FOX show’s new judging line-up, which also welcomes 41-year-old Latin superstar Paulina Rubio.
The pair, who will slip into vacant chairs left by LA Reid and Britney Spears, join returning judges Demi Lovato and, of course, Simon Cowell on what many are already billing a much improved line-up from previous years.
Cowell said today, “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.”
“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!”
Mike Darnell, President, Alternative Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company added: “We are thrilled that Kelly and Paulina are joining Demi on the panel this season, in what is sure to be a triple threat of talented and successful women against Simon week-to-week. This is an incredible panel of judges and we can’t wait for fans to see what’s in store for Season Three of THE X FACTOR.”
“Kelly’s incredible talent as a member of one of the world’s most successful groups, Destiny’s Child, combined with her judging experience as part of the U.K. version of ‘The X Factor,’ make her an ideal choice to join this talented panel,” said Trish Kinane, executive producer for FremantleMedia North America. “Paulina is an amazing Latin superstar who brings glamour and fiery passion to the judges’ table. We welcome both of them in joining Simon, Demi and Mario in what will prove to be an exciting season.”
Can you say mega coup? This is major! With new album ‘Talk A Good Game’ on the horizon and her stock higher than ever, Ms. Rowland’s solo profile looks set to keep rising.
What’s more, having garnered praise aplenty for her turn as a judge on the UK show, we see her only getting better now that she’s on home soil and being broadcast to an audience that “get” “Urban America” more.
Congrats, Ms. Kelly!