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Official: Kelly Rowland and Paulina Rubio Are the New 'X Factor' Judges

May 21, 2013 (2:16 am) GMT
Simon Cowell is 'delighted to finally be on a panel with three girls' as Rowland and Rubio are confirmed to join him and Demi Lovato in 'The X Factor' season 3.
Official: Kelly Rowland and Paulina Rubio Are the New 'X Factor' Judges

"" line-up is finally complete. FOX officially announces that and are going to join and on the show's judging panel for the third season, which will premiere this fall.

"It's taken more than a decade, but I'm delighted to finally be on a panel with three girls (I think!)," Cowell says 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 is no stranger to the "X Factor" franchise. She was previously a judge on the U.K. version of "". "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!" the former member gushes about her new gig.

Rubio herself is a successful Latin singer, having sold over 20 million albums in a career spanning over three decades. She expresses her excitement to be a judge on the singing competition as saying, "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! [start the party, friend!]"

The two new female judges replace and L.A. Reid who bowed out of the reality show at the end of season 2. will host the show solo while won't return.

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