While Demi Lovato and Simon Cowell will be returning to judge Fox’s other singing competition series, The X Factor, during Season 3, mum has been the word on which other celebrity personalities would be filling the remaining two judging slots. On Sunday, reports surfaced that former Destiny’s Child member Kelly Rowland and Mexican singer and actress Paulina Rubio might take over the remaining two mentoring slots.
Fox has yet to confirm either woman as a go for Season 3, but according to EW, Rowland, at least, seems to be in advanced talks for the new season of the The X Factor. This wouldn’t be a huge surprise given Rowland has appeared as a judge and mentor during Season 8 of the U.K. version of The X Factor. Additionally, she’s had experience as a judge on So You Think You Can Dance. Despite sort of jumpstarting her career by bashing Beyonce on a new track (opens in new tab), there’s no reason to think the singer won’t have the time to do The X Factor.
Additionally, rumor has it that Rubio will also fill a chair on The X Factor, although it hasn’t been confirmed that she is actually in talks with Fox’s show, which makes her participation less of a sure thing. Although Rowland should be a good fit for The X Factor, I’m not certain that the outlet will want three female voices on the judging panel. It’s certainly an interesting idea, and one that hasn’t been accomplished on a singing competition show (at leastthat I can think of) before, and bringing a lot of girl power to the judges table could be really interesting. Since female judges on competition shows have historically had more to say than the dudes (here’s looking at you, Mariah Carey), one thing is for certain: Mario Lopez should have his hands full getting the cuts to commercials to work out.
We’ll keep you posted as Fox confirms the final additions to the judges table. As shooting for Season 3 begins on Tuesday, we should be hearing the news sooner rather than later.
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