X Factor 2011: American singer Kelly Rowland confirmed as new judge on UK version
American singer Kelly Rowland confirmed as new judge on The X Factor
8:56 PM on 20th May 2011
American pop star Kelly Rowland is to join hit TV show the X Factor.
The singer, 30, is expected to be formally announced as joining the show as a new judge in the coming days. The decision comes just day after Dannii Minogue surprisingly left the hugely popular ITV series.
Today, Miss Rowland expressed her excitement at joining the show.
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She said: ‘The X Factor is an amazing show. I love Simon [Cowell] because he’s so honest. Everything he says I agree with. I don’t know what kind of judge I’ll be.’
Miss Rowland will be the third newcomer joining the panel when the programme returns later this year.
Take That star Gary Barlow has already been confirmed to appear in the series. And Tulisa Constavolos – from pop band N-Dubz – is also due to be announced.
They will join Louis Walsh, a long-running judge on the programme.
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The revamp comes after both Cheryl Cole and Simon Cowell decided to leave the UK version of the programme to launch the US show.
Miss Rowland has enjoyed a hugely successful pop career in the past, both as part of band and as a solo artist.
She was one third of US group Destiny’s Child. Her two band-mates were Beyonce Knowles – who has gone on to become one of the world’s biggest female stars – and Michelle Williams.
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Television viewers will particularly remember Miss Williams from last year’s Strictly Come Dancing. She was a contestant on the BBC show which is, somewhat ironically, the major rival of the X Factor.
It was announced last week that Miss Minogue was leaving the UK version of the X Factor. The decision was made because of a series of scheduling conflicts.
These were caused by Miss Minogue’s role as a judge on the Australia’s Got Talent and the necessity of fitting the schedule around Take That’s huge European tour, caused by TV executives’ decision to hire Barlow.
Last night, ITV declined to comment.