Demi Lovato, Paulina Rubio, Kelly Rowland, Mario Lopez and Simon Cowell
When The X Factor first came to the U.S., the initial reaction was, "Why?" Unfortunately, three years later, the question remains the same.
Simon Cowell sits on a balcony overlooking the pool at the Beverly Hilton hotel and lights another cigarette. It's a tumultuous time for the fiery Brit, whose baby-daddy drama is dominating tabloid headlines just a month before The X Factor is set to premiere its do-or-die third season in the United States. But Cowell has rarely appeared more at ease. "I think you're really going to like it more this year," he says of his singing competition.
After last season's addition of judge Britney Spears proved to be a multimillion-dollar dud and original panelist L.A. Reid jumped ship (Demi Lovato is the only holdover from Season 2), Cowell again restructured the panel, this time focusing on experience and chemistry. Enter Kelly Rowland, a former member of Destiny's Child who worked on the U.K. version of The X Factor in 2011, and Paulina Rubio, a Latina superstar whose previous gigs include coaching the Mexican edition of The Voice. Mario Lopez will take on full hosting duties, after sharing last season with Khloe Kardashian.
The format itself is also undergoing some tweaks. Here, Cowell and his team discuss the show's new direction.
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Kelly Rowland, Demi Lovato, Paulina Rubio and Simon Cowell
The X Factor is hoping the third time's the charm when the Fox reality competition series returns this fall with new faces Kelly Rowland and Paulina Rubio joining Simon Cowell and Demi Lovato on the judges' panel. The infectious chemistry between the four was immediately apparent during Thursday's auditions in Los Angeles with Lovato and Rubio dancing together before the taping, Rowland storming the stage to teach a rapping grandmother how to "twerk," and all three women ganging up on Cowell when they didn't agree with his snarky comments. "They are little devils," Cowell told reporters with a grin. "I love difficult girls and I've met my match. I respect them and you see and hear things in a different way than you have before. It's just a very different experience."
It's a welcome change of pace after last year's arguably lifeless dais..
Kelly Rowland, Paulina Rubios
The X Factor's judging panel is getting a shot of girl power. Fox confirms former Destiny's Child member Kelly Rowland and Latin superstar Paulina Rubio will join returning mentors Simon Cowell and Demi Lovato for the third season of the reality competition.
So this means Beyonce will be performing live on the season finale, right?
Destiny's Child singer Kelly Rowland is nearing a deal to join The X Factor as a judge, Entertainment Weekly reports.
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There's no place like home for The Voice's original coaches.
When Tate Stevens' wife told him that she had signed him up to audition for The X Factor in Kansas City last year without his knowledge, he was less than enthusiastic about the idea, even telling her flat-out that he wasn't going to go.
"We'd watched the first season," Stevens tells TVGuide.com. "We watched American Idol, The Voice. We watched all those shows. And you see, 15, 20,000 people standing outside in lines. I'm like, 'There's no way I'm going to stand in those lines. No. Not gonna happen.'"
But his wife wouldn't take no for an answer.
Mario Lopez will be returning as host for The X Factor's third season, Fox announced Monday.
"I'm thrilled Mario is back for Season Three of The X Factor," judge and executive producer Simon Cowell said in a statement.
Apparently not everyone from The X Factor is on the chopping block.
In an interview with former colleague and sparring partner Ryan Seacrest on his radio show, executive producer and judge Simon Cowell revealed his hopes for judge Demi Lovato. "Nothing is official but I liked having Demi on the show. She's fun to work with," Cowell said. "I think we'd be crazy not to have her back."
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