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Kelly Rowland & Paulina Rubio Officially Join The X Factor

X Factor: Kelly Rowland and Paulina Rubio Announced as Judges
Paulina Rubio and Kelly Rowland
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05/20/2013 09:10PM

There's going to be some girl power on The X Factor this fall!

Kelly Rowland and pop sensation Paulina Rubio will join Demi Lovato and Simon Cowell at the judges table when the show returns, FOX announced Monday.

"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. "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, 32, was a judge on the U.K. version of the show. "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!"



Latina pop sensation Rubio, 41, who has accumulated over 20 million album sales in a career spanning over three decades, said, "I can't wait to find the next big music star here in America. 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!" That last part means "start the party, friend!"

Britney Spears and L.A. Reid left the reality series last season, and Khloe Kardashian's departure rounded out the shake-up.

Aspiring artists will meet the four-person panel when auditions begin on Tuesday in Charleston S.C.



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