Back in January we heard rumors about Britney Spears quitting her role as a judge on Fox’s The X Factor to focus on new music. Now that we know Britney is headed to Las Vegas, and working on her new album (and that L.A. Reid officially left the show) we know for a fact that The X Factor is looking for some new judges. Word is, they’re very close to signing Kelly Rowland and Paulina Rubio to the show. Click inside to learn more!
E! has the story:
Former Destiny’s Child member Kelly Rowland and Mexican superstar Paulina Rubio are in final talks to join The X Factor, sources connected to the show confirm to E! News.
The news comes just days before Fox needs to have all four judges firmly in place, as they are scheduled to begin work on the new season on Tuesday, in Charleston, N.C.
Fox is not commenting.
Assuming the deals are finalized as expected, Rowland and Rubio will fill the seats left empty by Britney Spears and L.A. Reid. Simon Cowell and Demi Lovato will return for the coming season, airing this fall.
Sources tell us Fox is moving away from casting megastars like Britney Spears, Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey in favor of somewhat lesser-known artists who already have experience on similar series. Rowland served as a judge on the eighth season of the UK version of The X Factor, and Rubio served as a judge on La Voz…Mexico. She also has been tapped as a judge for Telemundo’s La Voz Kids.
“Rowland was on the highest-rated UK season,” a source close to the show tells us. “We have a lot of faith in her as a judge.”
An announcement is expected Monday, according to Simon Cowell, who tweeted this weekend: “We start x factor auditions in charleston on Tuesday. The new panel will be announced Monday. This is going to be an interesting show!”
So it sounds like sometime today we’ll get the official confirmation. Now I haven’t watched a single episode of this show, but if Kelly Rowland signs on I might have to check it out. I could definitely see her as a judge, and while I don’t know much about Paulina Rubio, I understand she has a strong fan base.
For those of y’all who watch, what do you think of these two [possible] new judges?