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Ladies Rule! FOX Negotiating With Kelly Rowland & Paulina Rubio To Join Simon Cowell, Demi Lovato As 'The X Factor' Judges


May 13 2013, Published 6:44 a.m. ET

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The X Factor is taking a new approach for Season 3 with a female-centric judging panel, can reveal.

Former Destiny's Child member Kelly Rowland and Latin pop star Paulina Rubio are in negotiations to join Simon Cowell and Demi Lovato on the hit FOX show this fall, networks sources reveal.

Jennifer Love Hewitt and Hilary Duff have also been spoken to, the sources confirmed.

"The producers and FOX have decided on their dream panel and they're in the very final stages of negotiations as the auditions start in just a few weeks," a source said.

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It's understood 32-year-old Rowland -- who previously worked for Cowell on the UK version of The X Factor in 2011 -- and Rubio, 41, are considered the frontrunners.

The pair would replace Britney Spears and L.A. Reid, who both quit after season two.

Said one production source: "A female centric panel is something new to the show, but both the producers and Simon really think it's the right way to go."

Demi Lovato

According to the insider, Rowland and Rubio bring diversity to the show that had been lacking in previous seasons.

"Paulina is one of the most influential Latin celebrities in the world and Kelly brings some star power and experience since she judged on the UK version of X Factor a couple years ago," the source told Radar.

As previously reported, Cowell wanted to trade in household name judges — like previous judges SpearsReid  and Paula Abdul — for a lesser-known bunch who have “real chemistry."

"All the women really get along well and Demi continues to have great chemistry and banter with Simon," the source added.



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