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X Factor Judges OFFICIALLY Announced! Kelly Rowland & Paulina Rubio Join Simon & Demi!

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You're the man now, dawg Simon! The only man!

It what promises to be the most estrogen-filled season yet, Kelly Rowland & Paulina Rubio were just named new judges on X Factor.

While we thought these two would wind up sitting beside Demi Lovato and producer Simon Cowell, it's great to hear an official announcement!!

In a statement, Simon revealed:

“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.”

ZOMG, we're sooooooo excited!!!!

And we're not the only ones!!

After finalizing the deal, Kelly admitted:

“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!”

What a perfect fit for her!! She really is one of Destiny's children, LOLz!!

It's time to get to work, ladies (and Simon)! Shooting begins mañana!

What do U think, readers? Will the four of them have the chemistry to bring back dwindling audiences?

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63 comments to “X Factor Judges OFFICIALLY Announced! Kelly Rowland & Paulina Rubio Join Simon & Demi!”

  1. 1

    yeahhhh sounds like a great panel!!!

  2. Mark says – reply to this


    Who the hell are all this people? Worst judges ever for any show ever. I guess they weren't kidding when they said they weren't gonna pay the big bucks to any celebrity ever again after they went broke with Britney Spears and the show failed miserably. I'm afraid this is probably the last season of Xfactor.

  3. 3

    Congratulations X Factor on sending the majority of your viewers to google to find out who these new judges are.

  4. 4

    while paulina may have star power in her own circles, i think it's fair to say she does not have mainstream recognition. i've known her name for years but i couldn't tell you one of her songs. she's a beautiful and talented woman but i'm surprised at her selection after simon was afraid people wouldn't understand cheryl cole when paulina's english is far more difficult to decipher. i really wanted to like x factor and still enjoy the performers, but the talent is so random and so unnatural (mario and khloe as hosts- wtf) that i find it uncomfortable to watch. hopefully this goes off better than i anticipate and i turn out terribly wrong, but so far this show is doing little to capture my interest with this latest publicity stunt. sad.

  5. m says – reply to this


    Paulina Rubio? seriously?…..

  6. Not Dorothy says – reply to this


    Is this supposed to entice me to watch? Yawn…

  7. Not Dorothy says – reply to this

  8. Nicholas says – reply to this


    Yeah I see this show dying quite quickly. Kelly Rowland is known only for being in Destiny's Child which ended a while back and many people are going to be saying wtf is Paulina Rubio? Demi is too immature to be a judge, spitting mints into Simons hand like a three year old and has no real talent. Seriously Fox? This is the best you could do? What happened to Cheryl?

  9. 9


  10. GioP says – reply to this


    Hum.. not 4 anything but Paulina is not the right choice for this…

  11. Demi Rocks says – reply to this


    Please don't insult Demi. SHE IS THE BEST JUDGE/SINGER. Search her to hear her live. Everyone knows she has talent for a 20 year old. Kelly Rowland is an EXCELLENT choice! She is a fierce judge and so fun to watch. Way more interesting than Boring Britney. And Paulina is an interesting choice…not sure if it is a good choice yet, but we'll see. She is certainly replacing L.A Reid, as very little actually care for both. She is a trainer and experienced on the Voice in Mexico, so I see her doing AMAZING as well. These judges are just that..JUDGES with talent and are very head-strong and interesting to watch. Who wouldn't want to watch Kelly Rowland i mean???????

  12. rachel says – reply to this


    Re: Mark – what are you talking about? Im not sure who this Paulina girl is, but Kelly Rowland is a fantastic judge! she had previously been a judge on the Xfactor UK and was incredible! so she will obviously do a good job on the x factor USA

  13. rachy says – reply to this


    I'm sorry, but if it's between The Voice, American Idol and X Factor, judge-wise…X Factor would be my LAST choice. Who the heck are these people?? Nobody cares about any of them, other than mean old Simon!! Gets some people who are ON POINT right now, then you'll get viewers.

  14. MUSTOLO says – reply to this


    I understand that a lot of you don't know who these people are. I don't know who Paulina Rubio is, but I'm very familiar with Kelly Rowland. She's a mainstream R&B singer and is also known for her international dance it 'When Love Takes Over' and 'Commander' and her smash hit 'Motivation'. This is for those who said she's only known from Destiny's Child. You guys need to catch up. She didn't crawl from under a rock….

  15. 15

    Still watching! Not super stoked with the panel as last year but looking forward to it.

  16. jenn says – reply to this


    to be honest, this panel look like a bunch of randoms. demi is just too immature to be a judge, paulina accent is very difficult to understand and can be a real bitch. Kelly is alright but she has always been under beyonce's shadow and simon is just boring now. if a pop icon like Britney spears couldn't bring the ratings up, what makes you think this panel will??

  17. Jp Drew says – reply to this


    Paulina Rubio is very talent and all USA will fall in love her.

  18. Pau pau says – reply to this


    Lol you guys are funny! Why are been so closed minded and not accepting of these new judges. Paulina was a judge in " la voz Mexico" which is the voice version in Spanish and its currently a judge in "la voz kids" which is the voice Spanish version for kids here in the U.S and to top it all off well she's the queen of Latin pop, so instead of all these bad critiques open up your mind a little bit more and accept the talent they both have! :)

  19. MUSTOLO says – reply to this


    Re: jenn – So the fact that Britney is a pop icon alone automatically makes her a great judge? She's a great artist, but she wasn't a good judge.

  20. lala says – reply to this


    As if the first two season's were unwatchable and a complete waste of time.

  21. MUSTOLO says – reply to this


    Re: jenn – not great, but qualified..

  22. ed says – reply to this


    so how dicks did Paulina had to suck to get this gig?

  23. Dan says – reply to this


    Yeah good desicion XFACTOR Paulina is a súper latín pop star. I loveee my golden girl

  24. sara says – reply to this


    Kelly Rowland is a great choice…Ill actually watch this year

  25. Sara says – reply to this


    Re: Kittens With Mittens – you must live under a rock not to knowho kelly is..dnt play stupid lets act our age ok?

  26. 26

    Are u serious paulina rubio? Simon must be on crack or somethingelse to make such a stupid mistake like hiring some annoying non talented mexican so called singer, cause evryone in mexico knows she doesnt sing at all……. she is not in shakira level to be in us national television…… but anyways i guess RIP is what i can say to ex factor……. simon needs to call it quits and move on with a new project before he makes a fool out of himself on xfactor.

  27. 27

    Re: GioP – soooo totally agree, she is known for her non talent , i guess thalia tommy mottolas wife would of been a better choice

  28. 28

    Re: Jp Drew – negative……. she has no real talent, her only talent is to put quite a circus around the mexican press to get attention every time she gets sued in court. But no artist talent at all, she sounds like a wolf having really bad cramps when she sings….

  29. Anchor says – reply to this


    i laughed when i saw the name 'Paulina Rubio'….i just don't see her as a judge on this show…like seriously! No one does, they really need to reconsider getting someone else

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  31. Kiki says – reply to this


    Well congrats on choosing the first judge to have judged for the competition.
    *** paulina judged for the voice mexico***

  32. UmAnyways says – reply to this


    Poor Man's Beyonce and Poor Man's Shakira

  33. 33

    Last year I was familiar with all 4 of the judges. Who the hell are Kelly & Paulina?

  34. 34

    Re: Nicholas

    Demi has talent. And that's called having fun, spitting mints into Simon's hand. You know what fun is?

  35. 35

    Re: jenn

    coz Brittney was boring and these people might be fun.

  36. Forbay says – reply to this


    What? "Has only been known for being in destiny child…". Are you stupid. Kelly Rowland has been coming back with big hits of her on if you must know. Yeah everyone's going to know her from being in destiny child but you must not have been updated on your music playlist.

  37. Ditty Smith says – reply to this


    Re: Jp Drenow

    no they won't because they won't watch.

  38. Ditty Smith says – reply to this


    Re: whatsup4

    do you really believe that or are you being sarcastic?

  39. 39

    Re: cr7realwife – She is actually a very original singer. She has worked with very original and unique composers. While I do agree that Thalia has a much better voice for singing and has proven to sing very well live, I do think that Paulina has a good right to be a judge, she has been into music bussiness since forever and knows all the ins and outs, while she doesnt have an amazing voice she does know about the music industry a lot. I think probably Simon chosed her cause she can be witty and say things straight in the face, it will also attract a fair amount of latinamerican viewers. We will see tho.

  40. 40

    Re: cr7realwife – Btw, Shakira aint a great singer. She just sings funny. She has destroyed some classic spanish songs live. Singing live she sucks. She is an extraordinary performer tho.

  41. shelby says – reply to this


    Finally that scrag Minag is gone.

  42. 42

    Honestly, the panel is just plain boring. It's probably going to be a decline of x factor.

  43. MUSTOLO says – reply to this


    Re: UmAnyways – Poor mans Beyonce? that was such a stupid comment. Ya know… they could just be Kelly and Paulina.

  44. 44

    Re: Nicholas – please briefly explain how demi lovato is untalented. please.

  45. Mar says – reply to this


    Paulina Rubio Sucks… she can't sing and she blew up The Voice in Mexico… also her opinions are in base of what she thinks is "cool" she doesn't care about the voice … also she fakes an Spanish accent… totally riddiculus.

  46. Joss says – reply to this


    Paulina Rubio last single "Boy will be boys" was a flop… she had never perform in the VMA, or AMA, even worst in Grammys… She is jealous of Shakira, who is the Latina Queen!

  47. Joss says – reply to this


    Re: Jp Drew – You can't not even write English very well…

  48. Hollie says – reply to this


    WOW. Talking about a SUCKY judges panel. I doubt I watch this year.

  49. stefystef says – reply to this


    No, I am not excited at all. Don't care about these judges, won't make me watch the show.
    These shows are boring now… just about the judges, not the singers.
    I can only hope these shows will be ending soon.

  50. 50

    wow he's really lost the plot now! None of these have heavyweight opinions or even huge stars themselves. Kelly is a bridesmaid never the bride…a backing singer at best. demi is a average popstar with mediocre sales. I dont even know the other chick some random latin girl mildly popular in latin countries. Zzzzzzzzz the show is dead for sure.

  51. Clarisa Valdez says – reply to this



  52. Rock0009 says – reply to this


    I Love Paulina! Wooooow great news!

  53. MeryPoppins says – reply to this


    You guys are all close minded and judgmental. What's wrong with Paulina Rubio? Just because she is a Latin singer and is not mainstream in the United States does not make her a bad judge.

  54. idk says – reply to this


    Although I hate generalizing, what a close minded country. The US is not the center of the world and needs a little bit more knowledge about other cultures.

  55. Marta says – reply to this


    Paulina Rubio?? She's such a diva in a bad way.. she better change her maners and the way she treats people ’cause if she doesn't, she's gonna ruin the entire show! We will see… but I gotta say this season I'm not so into it because of her :/

  56. thattiana says – reply to this


    Okay Who is PAULINA RUBIO , well to start off she sing a really nice song which is called DONT SAY GOODBYE…..even tho the critics are hard on her not having the best voice its not hard to understand that she has 20 yrs of carrer as a solo….she knows how to catch attention n manage the press to b heard….I must say that I do like her…I like her beacuse she is real…even tho people say she is fake….PAULINA RUBIO has very catching songs…THE LAST GOODBYE" "HEAT OF THE NIGHT" "ALL AROUND THE WORLD"…..please dnt hesitate to look her songs out….I have to say she is a good judge….but I will have to wait to c how she developes in the X FACTOR. ..

  57. j says – reply to this


    um for those of you who are not latino here paulina rubio is a super star in the latino world shes been in the industry since she was a kid so she knows all too well the music industry so im sure she'll be a great judge because she knows what music is all about!

  58. Brad says – reply to this


    Well at least they have Mario and sent that big fat Khloe Kardashian cow out to pasture

  59. 59

    Re: Ditty Smith

    believe what?

  60. mitch says – reply to this


    seriously, why would they pick Paulina Rubio. I honestly don't see her as a skilled singer who will be helpful in judging the competitors. She totally fakes an accent when she talks in Spanish. There was better judges before her, why didn't they just go with a past judge? Most likely this will be the last x factor season.

  61. 3 Sheets 2 the Wind says – reply to this


    lets start with the idea that this was supposed to me a multi-cultural and multi-racial panel of judges. They needed a black to replace LA Reid, who from everything seen on the show is pretty much and uncle tom. He was replaced by Kelly Rowland, fine they needed a black. Then the choice to add Paulina Rubio, who ever the hell she is, a latina. As if we do not have enough beaners here filling the US with their pro mexico and anti american bull shit. Lets tap into the millios of viewers who are here illegally and have them watch a show they can't even understand as they do not speak english. They are ruining America, just walk into any hispanic neighborhood, if you dare, and see how disgusting it is. Now matter how nice the area was before, they know how to destroy it and turn it into a toilet like the cockroaches they are. All we need is another dirty wet back pretending to be white by bleaching her hair. Nice going Simon, way to contribute to the down fall of America.

  62. ppauulinnnaa says – reply to this


    Re: MUSTOLO – I know right people don't like her just because of her accent like how racist, she is an amazing judge I hope they keep Pau on the X factor

  63. binabooo says – reply to this


    Re: j – Thankkkk youuuu! I've been waiting for someone to say that! Some people just don't understand that she is the queen of latino popp!! And she'll be a great judge shes very kind!!