Singers Kelly Rowland and Paulina Rubio are set to join The X Factor USA‘s judging panel next season, FOX has confirmed.
Rowland, a former Destiny’s Child member, and Rubio, who was previously a vocal coach on Mexico’s version of The Voice, will join Demi Lovato and show creator Simon Cowell after Britney Spears and LA Reid exit.
Cowell 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.”
“I am very excited to be reuniting with Simon Cowell andÂ The X FactorÂ family,” Rowland, who judged on the UK version of the show in 2011, said.Â ”It feels great to be able to take this journey here at home in the States.”
“I loveÂ The X Factor! 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,” Rubio said.Â ”Simon, be careful what you wish for. Let’s see if you are ready to handle me. Empieza la fiesta, amigo!” (“The party’s getting started, my friend!”)