“It’s taken more than a decade but I’m delighted to finally be on a panel with three girls (I think!),” said Cowell, who also serves as executive producer on the show. “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.”
Rowland is no newbie to “The X Factor” family, as she has previously served as judge on the U.K. version of the show.
“I am very excited to be reuniting with Simon Cowell,” Rowland said. “It feels great to be able to take this journey here at home in the states!”
Meanwhile, Rubio isn’t sure Cowell knows what he’s in for.
Simon, be careful what you wish for, let’s see if you are ready to handle me, empieza la fiesta, amigo!” Loosely translated, that means ‘the party begins, friend.’
Mario Lopez will be returning to the show as host, however it is unclear if he will be joined by a co-host. “The X Factor” auditions begin today in Charleston, South Carolina.