May 21st, 2013
10:39 AM ET
Simon Cowell's "X Factor" is back at full capacity.
As reports suggested, Kelly Rowland and Paulina Rubio are the Fox competition's two new judges. Rubio and Rowland will team up with Cowell and returning judge Demi Lovato when "X Factor" begins its third season 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 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.”
Singer Rowland, who came to fame as part of Destiny's Child and has since broken out into a solo career, has previously judged the U.K. version of "X Factor" and said "it feels great to be able to take this journey here at home in the States!”
Mexican singer/actress Rubio, who's previously participated in Mexico's edition of "The Voice," said she's "thrilled" to tackle the U.S. competition on "X Factor."
“I love 'The X Factor'!" Rubio said in a statement. "I can’t wait to find the next big music star here in America ... Simon, be careful what you wish for, let’s see if you are ready to handle me, empieza la fiesta, amigo!”
Rowland and Rubio replace prior judges L.A. Reid and Britney Spears, who departed the show after its second season.
About this blog
Our daily cheat-sheet for breaking celebrity news, Hollywood buzz and your pop-culture obsessions.