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Kelly Rowland & Paulina Rubio confirmed for X Factor

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May 20, 2013 | 11:16pm EDT

Kelly Rowland and Paulina Rubio have been confirmed as the new judges on U.S. TV talent show The X Factor. The stars will replace Britney Spears and music mogul Antonio 'L.A.' Reid, who quit the show in January (13). Former Destiny's Child star Rowland and Latin pop queen Rubio will join returning judge Demi Lovato and show creator Simon Cowell on the panel when The X Factor returns later this year (13). Announcing the news in a statement on Monday (20May13), Cowell said, "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." Production on the third season of the show begins later this week (beg20May13). Rowland, who previously appeared as a judge on the British version of the show, says, "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!"

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