Simon Cowell Says New ‘X Factor’ Judge Panel Is a ‘Fun Dinner Party’…Unlike Last Year

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Season 3 of The X Factor is not only going to showcase new talent. It’s going to have new judges as well. Last May Fox announced that Kelly Rowland and Paulina Rubio would be replacing Britney Spears and LA Reid. Demi Lovato will still be sticking around. But no one is too surprised by the change; singing competition shows seem to go through a constant revolving door of judges. 

“It’s like having a dinner party — you invite people for dinner and sometimes it’s a fun night and sometimes not as fun as you thought it was going to be,” Simon Cowell told TV critics at this year’s TCA Summer TV Press Tour. Last season’s “dinner party” was one that wasn’t so fun. “It was more of a feeling it was similar to what everyone else was doing and I had this impatience to get on to Season 3 so I could do what I wanted to do,” he said.

And what Cowell wanted to do was have an all-female judge panel. “We said at the time it’s a girls world at the moment in the music business,” he said, “We thought the panel should reflect it.”

Rowland has already had some experience with The X Factor, having been a judge on the British version in 2011. And of course Lovato was a judge on the last season. Maybe having a bit more experienced judges will help get ratings up, as the show hasn’t been doing as well as Cowell hoped. Either way, he seems happy with his new judges.

“This is a fun dinner party,” he said.

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