Ever since the Simon Cowell left the then hit American Idol (let it be noted ratings have dipped since he departed) to bring The X-Factor to the US the show has yet to find its footing. There have been host changes, two winners that can’t seem to break into the music industry and a continuously rotating panel of judges. But despite all the bumps in the road, Mr. Cowell refuses to give up and he’s officially named the two newest judges; “Destiny’s Child” founding member Kelly Rowland and Latin singer Paulina Rubio.
You read that correctly. It’s just Simon and three very attractive women. Are you shocked? I actually am after there was strong speculation at one point that Ne-Yo would join the panel.
The bold move makes Factor the first major U.S. broadcast singing competition series to have a panel that is dominated by the ladies. The ensemble represents a diverse collection of music fans of varying ages: Lovato is a pop singer, Rowland leans toward R&B, and Rubio sings Latin dance music. Cowell lends his experience as a music producer, reality TV icon and epic talent spotter.
Let it also be known the new hires have experiencing with judging in the past. Rowland was part of the UK version of X-Factor, while Rubio judged the Mexican version of The Voice.