Kelly Rowland is in "final negotiations" to join The X Factor.
The Destiny's Child singer and Mexican superstar Paulina Rubio are expected to be announced as the new judges on the FOX singing competition on Monday, TMZ is reporting. After weeks of speculation, the pair are said to be signing a deal this weekend to sit alongside Simon Cowell and Demi Lovato on the judging panel for the program's third season. They would replace departing judges Britney Spears and L.A. Reid.
Kelly is no stranger to reality shows, having been a judge on The X Factor UK in 2011, while Paulina coached for The Voice Mexico. This comes after Simon announced on Twitter yesterday, "We start x factor auditions in charleston on Tuesday. The new panel will be announced Monday. This is going to be an interesting show! (sic)"
His right hand man Louis Walsh also recently revealed the music mogul was looking to shake things up with a female-heavy panel this year. "I think he's going to use three girls. Three girls and Simon. He wants to be the only male there ... It's like Charlie's Angels. I think it will be Demi Lovato, Simon Cowell, Kelly Rowland and another," Louis said.
Demi Lovato wants Britney Spears to return to The X Factor. The "Toxic" singer quit as a judge after just one season on the show and Demi is devastated she won't be working with Britney again, although she has come up with a suitable replacement.
"I wish Britney would come back. My next pick is Lady Gaga though, she's so cool," she said.
Demi and Simon Cowell are the only remaining members of the panel after L.A. Reid also quit at the end of last season, and the TV mogul says top of his list for the new panel is chemistry between the judges. "Simon delivered a simple message: Forget the big names and go for chemistry. He said all these shows have become distracted by signing celebrities rather than judges who really have something to say. We have all seen that big names don't translate into big ratings. Chemistry is top of the list of demands for next season. [Only Demi will return because her chemistry with Simon was] the best thing about the panel last year," a source said.
Both Jennifer Love-Hewitt and Kelly Rowland have been rumored as possible replacements to join the panel in 2014.
Jennifer Love-Hewitt is in the running to be a judge on X Factor.
The 34-year-old actress - who hit the charts in 2002 with her single "BareNaked" - is rumored to be joining Simon Cowell and Demi Lovato on the third season of the pop star search show as a replacement for the departed L.A. Reid and Britney Spears.
Speaking to Us Weekly magazine, a source said, "Simon is very interested [in Jennifer]." Cowell, 53, has two positions up for grabs on the judging panel and is believed to be chatting to several celebrities about the roles, although Hewitt is believed to be one of the favorites along with Kelly Rowland - who judged one series of the UK version of The X Factor. "Simon has always remained a fan of Kelly's and she's most definitely in the mix to join the judging panel on X Factor," a source said previously.
A representative for The X Factor has described the rumors as "pure speculation," though none have yet been denied.
Hewitt has released four albums in her career but turned her back on music in 2004. However, this year she recorded a cover of "I'm a Woman" to promote the second season of her TV show The Client List.
Cheryl Cole could be offered a huge deal to return to The X Factor.
The 29-year-old pop star was sacked during the show's first series in 2011 before suing Simon Cowell's talent show for $2.3 million, but it's now being reported she could be offered a big contract to tempt a return for the former judge.
"This is a massive move from Simon. He's going right out there and saying that he made a mistake in sacking her. After she was shunted off the show, TV critics in the US said in reviews that she was the best thing about the program - and it seems for once that Simon was wrong. Over the past two seasons, the X Factor hasn't performed as Simon would have wanted - now it looks like Cheryl will be the savior," a source said.
The insider speculates the Girls Aloud singer might not accept the deal after the added "humiliation" of being replaced by Nicole Scherzinger on the UK version of the show.
Carrie Underwood would be a "constructive" X Factor judge.
The country starlet thinks she would be a great addition to the judging panel of Simon Cowell's singing competition, but worries she wouldn't be able to cope with shattering wannabe musicians' dreams.
"I'd never say never. I think I could do things in a very constructive way. But those initial auditions, where you have to say no or tell someone to stop? I don't know if I could do that," she said.
The blonde beauty also revealed she would love to collaborate with British acts including Oscar-winning Skyfall singer Adele. Carrie listed, "I love Jessie J, I think she's fearless, which is great. Coldplay. Adele, of course. I'm up for anything."
Khloe Kardashian has reportedly been fired from X Factor.
The Keeping Up With The Kardashians star joined Simon Cowell's show last year as a co-presenter with Mario Lopez and while he is set to return next season, Khloe will not be back.
"They are asking Mario [Lopez] to come back, but not Khloe," a source told The New York Post.
Khloe previously revealed she was asked not to take any hosting lessons before she started, leaving her unprepared for what to expect: "I've never done live TV before, and I was asked to not do any hosting lessons because they wanted me to be just myself. I found the day before because the stage was just built, that I couldn't read the teleprompter without glasses, so I had to get contacts the day before. Just learning how there's a screaming audience and you don't yell because the mic is right there... I will have an earpiece in my ear, and while I'm trying to read the teleprompter then I have someone counting down... and they're like, 'Okay, ask Simon this or that' ... There were so just so many pieces I never knew were involved in live TV."
Demi Lovato believes it will be difficult to replace Britney Spears on the X Factor.
Britney, 31, revealed last month that she won't return for the next season of the reality TV show but Demi is worried about finding someone who can match the "Toxic" singer.
"I mean, who can replace Britney, let's be honest," she said.
Britney announced her decision to quit her role as a mentor on the Fox show in order to focus on her music career and admitted watching the contestants perform every week helped her to make the decision to leave. "I've made the very difficult decision not to return for another season. I had an incredible time doing the show and I love the other judges and I am so proud of my teens but it's time for me to get back in the studio. Watching them all do their thing up on that stage every week made me miss performing so much! I can't wait to get back out there and do what I love most," she said.
Britney Spears has confirmed her X Factor departure. The "Toxic" singer quit her role as a mentor on the Fox show in order to focus on her music career and admitting watching the contestants perform every week helped her to make the decision to leave.
"I've made the very difficult decision not to return for another season. I had an incredible time doing the show and I love the other judges and I am so proud of my teens, but it's time for me to get back in the studio. Watching them all do their thing up on that stage every week made me miss performing so much! I can't wait to get back out there and do what I love most," she explained in a statement.
Meanwhile, it has been claimed Britney, 31, is in "serious talks" for a residency in Las Vegas. According to gossip website TMZ, "Britney and her people are talking about establishing residency for the singer in Sin City and are also in talks with one of the hotels to do a big, nightly show. Negotiations are with one of the Caesars group properties, and they have been wooing her for awhile. There is a lot of interest in Britney's camp over a Vegas move, and a lot of interest on the Vegas side of headlining a show."
Another X Factor judge has bit the dust.
Record producer and two-time X Factor panelist L.A. Reid has announced that he will not be joining the third season of the popular reality competition. "I have decided that I will not return to The X Factor next year... I have a company to run that I've kind of neglected," the CEO of Epic Records explained.
While he says that he'll only be saddened to leave "a little bit," he does have fond memories of working with the show's creator, Simon Cowell: "I love Simon. We have a great relationship. We have fun together, we talk, we laugh, we do bad things, we're friends."
Reid's departure marks the third judge to leave the show, after Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger exited after the first season. There's no word yet as to who might replace Reid's spot at the judging table.
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Cheryl Cole is suing The X Factor for $2.3 million after being dropped by the show.
The "Promise This" hitmaker was axed from music mogul Simon Cowell's talent show just days into the first auditions last year and though she was paid her salary for the entire season, but Cheryl, 29, is claiming they still owe her money.
TMZ reports that Cheryl says she signed a "Pay or Play" contract with production company Blue Orbit, who runs the show, in April 2011 and was assured that she would receive $2 million for the second season of the show - even if she wasn't to appear on the judging panel again. Cheryl also states in her 11-page lawsuit that she is owed further expenses which she was promised, such as a $100,000 wardrobe allowance, a stylist at $25,000 and $15,000-per-month for every hotel she stayed at in Los Angeles, California, during the filming of the show.
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