Kelly Rowland and Paulina Rubio Join Demi Lovato and Simon Cowell on 'The X Factor' Judges' Panel

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May 20th, 2013

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Simon Cowell will be surrounded by women when THE X FACTOR returns for its third season this fall on FOX. Grammy Award-winning artist Kelly Rowland and international pop star Paulina Rubio join him and Demi Lovato as judges on the hit singing competition series.


Simon 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!”


“I love THE X FACTOR! I can’t wait to find the next big music star here in America,” added Rubio. “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!”


A pop star since the age of 16, Kelly Rowland grew up in the spotlight as a member of Destiny’s Child, one of the best-selling groups of all time. Her powerful voice was a key ingredient in the group’s awe-inspiring list of chart-toppers and dance floor smashes, including four No. 1 singles in the U.S. and more than 60 million albums sold worldwide. The group received 14 Grammy Award nominations, and won three times, including Best R&B Song in 2001 for “Say My Name.” As a solo artist, Rowland has released three successful studio albums – “Simply Deep,” “Ms. Kelly” and “Here I Am” – selling more than five million records. Rowland’s first forays as a soloist contributed to the 2002 Grammy Award-winning song, “Dilemma (with Nelly),” and have been further evidenced by her gold and platinum solo albums. Her upcoming album, “Talk a Good Game,” will be released June 18. Rowland served as a judge on the eighth season of the U.K. version of “The X Factor.”


Paulina Rubio, considered to be one of the most influential contemporary Latin artists, has sold more than 20 million records around the world and has released 10 studio albums. Raised in Mexico, she began her professional music career in 1984, as a member of the popular teen pop group, Timbiriche. Since going solo in 1992, Rubio has created major hits both in English and Spanish and has been nominated for two Grammy Awards in the category of Best Latin Pop Album. Her prominence as an international artist extends to the digital world, as well. Official YouTube/VEVO views of Rubio's videos exceed 87 million. She has more than 1.2 million Facebook “likes” and more than 6.6 million Twitter followers.


“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,” noted Mike Darnell, President, Alternative Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company. “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.”


Last season, Tate Stevens was crowned THE X FACTOR Season Two winner and was awarded a recording contract, as well as production and creative support to develop, create, record and shoot his first original track and music video. Tate’s video debuted as a Pepsi commercial during the live telecast of the “55th Annual GRAMMY Awards®” and soon after, he released his first single, “Power of a Love Song.” He released his self-titled debut album last month.


Along with Stevens, THE X FACTOR discovered an amazing amount of diverse recording artists last season, such as finalists Fifth Harmony, Emblem3 and Carly Rose Sonenclar, all of whom also are working on their debut albums. Emblem3 are set to join Selina Gomez on her summer concert tour series this year and have just released their debut single, “Chloe (You're The One I Want).”


“The X Factor” format has created global superstars, including One Direction, Leona Lewis, Cher Lloyd and Olly Murs.  Artists discovered by the competition series have sold more than 100 million records worldwide, including 110 No. 1s, 270 Top 10 records and 500 Top 50 releases. THE X FACTOR is now aired in 191 countries, and local versions of “The X Factor” are now commissioned in 41 territories.


THE X FACTOR was created by Syco Entertainment and is produced by Syco Entertainment and FremantleMedia North America. Rob Wade and Nigel Hall are executive producers for Syco Television. Trish Kinane, Richard Holloway and Andrew Llinares serve as executive producers for FremantleMedia North America. “Like” THE X FACTOR on Facebook Follow the series on Twitter @TheXFactorUSAand join the discussion at #xfactor. Download The Xtra Factor App

  • marcos

    the worst panel EVER?

  • joel

    and who?
    Further vindication of the decision I already made to delete X Factor and AI from the rotation.

  • Bitter Ringer Fan

    I’m latino but seriously outside spanish speaking countries or latins in USA Paulina Rubio doesn’t ring a bell. Americans might remember her for her sort of flop english album “Border Girl” trying to pull a Shakira.

  • dan

    lol at flopfactor what a mess!

  • Matt

    Having the biggest name celebrities has not worked for X-Factor or for American Idol or other shows. These two women have previous hosting experience and are both likeable. Kelly Rowland has a very large fan base, and not just for being in Destiny’s Child, but also has a large following amonst hiphop and r&b music lovers, as well as dance music lovers as she has done both. Paulina Rubio was around way before Shakira, and while younger viewers might not know her – a lot of people in their late teens, 20s, and 30s will recognize her name. She has sold a ridiculous amount of albums worldwide and had a lot of success for a latin singer in America. I don’t think that X-Factor will be doing better than it has the previous two seasons obviously, but I also don’t see it taking a COMPLETE nosedive because of who will be on the panel.

  • Kaylie

    These 4 judges seem like mainstays over a span of seasons. Consistency is what The X-Factor needs. They’ve had too many shake-ups over the past 3 years.

  • Bern

    Paulina Rubio?!? Really??
    Simon Cowell should have gotten Thalía or Belinda. These two talented Latin singers are the best, sold million of music, and ver successful. Paulina Rubio is just a watered down version of Shakira but in a terrible way. Hopefully she can change my mind about her and becomes likeable.

    Kelly Rowland. Yeah!!

    I wished the panel was: Simon, Demi Lovato, Cheryl Cole, and a male singer OR Simon, Demi Lovato, Latin singer, male singer

    For this panel it should have been: Simon, Demi, Kelly, and a male singer

  • SerferTJ

    Let’s be real, last season had one of the biggest names in pop music (Britney) and the season still dropped from the 1st season!!

    At least X-Factor is now focusing on quality, bringing qualified judges in who actually have talent and personality.

  • Keena

    Should’ve had Babyface or David Foster, just to even it out.

  • Matt

    @Bern – I REALLY wish they would give Cheryl Cole a chance here!

  • FowlScat

    Kelly was absolutely terrible on Xfactor UK. I cannot believe they would do this. She acts like a fool, grandstands, and does fake inner city texas bs. The chances shes from the inner loop in Houston are zero to none.

  • Danna

    Very good . Like like. PAULINA is my best latín súper star!!!

  • Max

    I personally like that they have Kelly Rowland. And, I’m rooting for the show to do well because I generally liked the talented folk they had before. I just feel that XF should’ve hired another producer type as a more appropriate replacement for LA Reid, like P-Diddy or Ne-yo.

  • Riii

    It’s official. Simon’s out of money :D

  • Caden

    Kelly was fantastic on X Factor UK.

  • tom

    It will be a miracle if they get renewed for season 4. AI has more of a chance of getting a few seasons renewal than X Factor getting renewed at all.

  • msupdate

    I don’t see the issue everyone is having. It’s time these shows step out of trying to get the biggest name celebrities as judges and start with judges who may actually know what they’re doing. I don’t know what some people are talking about, but Kelly was fantastic on X Factor UK. Paulina has judging experience already and seemed to have done a good job from what I see.

  • Fred

    I wonder if X Factor was a monster hit, would people speak more favorably about it?
    It seems like The Voice can do no wrong.. But I find flaws with it as well.
    The judges are mostly irrelevant to me. But I admitingly look forward to what Simon has to say after a performance.

  • KevinSW

    Everyone could say what they want about Paulina, i heard nothing but good things in her participation in the Voice in Mexico, and i’m sure her 30 years in the music industry may help as well.

    She was never compared to Shakira, these are two completely different women, Paulina was all about pushing boundaries and being this sex symbol while singing about being his powerful independant woman.

    Shakira is just this former goth chick who sold out to mainstream music.

  • Samunto

    Talk about scrapping the bottom of the barrel. It just shows how desperate Fox is trying to pull a “Voice” by hiring a latino artist like shakira, just like they did with Keith Urban trying to get a country artist on board Idol.

    I like Kelly Rowland but she really hasn’t hit it big.

    Expect ratings to fall to around 1.8 on average.

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