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Rowland - "I am very excited to be reuniting with Simon Cowell"

It has been confirmed that singers Kelly Rowland and Paulina Rubio will join Simon Cowell and Demi Lovato on the judging panel of The X Factor USA, replacing Britney Spears and LA Reid.

In a statement, Cowell said: "It's taken more than a decade, but I'm delighted to finally be on a panel with three girls (I think!)."

Cowell continued: "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."

Destiny's Child star Rowland, a former judge on The X Factor in the UK, said: "I am very excited to be reuniting with Simon Cowell and The X Factor family."

Rowland added: "It feels great to be able to take this journey here at home in the States."

Rubio, a former coach on The Voice in Mexico, added: "I love The X Factor! I can't wait to find the next big music star here in America. I'm so thrilled to be part of the show as a judge.

"Simon, be careful what you wish for. Let's see if you are ready to handle me."

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