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Kelly Rowland & Paulina Rubio

Signing on For

'The X Factor'

5/19/2013 1:13 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0519-kelly-rowland-paulina-rubio-tmz"The X Factor" is upping the sexy factor -- TMZ has learned Kelly Rowland and Paulina Rubio are signing on to be judges for next season. 

Sources connected to FOX tell TMZ the pair are in final negotiations to join the show ... with only minor details left to be hammered out before they sign on. 

We're told the deals will be done in the next few days, possibly as early as tomorrow.

Rowland and Rubio would be replacing Britney Spears and L.A. Reid ... and joining returning judges Demi Lovato and (of course) Simon Cowell.

A rep for Fox had no comment.

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61.

Mustolo    

I don't know who this Paulina chick is, but I'm not going to be like the rest of you people and go "Who?" like f--king idiots. I wish them much success.

491 days ago
62.

akey    

So glad that Kelly Rowland is coming back!! She's gonna bring so much energy to the show. They seemed to love her in the UK so I'm glad she's coming to the US.

Also, It's really sad that everyone around the world knows who Kelly Rowland is, but Americans don't. You guys need to wake the f**k up.

491 days ago
63.

akey    

So glad to hear that Kelly Rowland is coming back. Idk who paulina is though...

491 days ago
64.

AFTRA    

That show turned out to be soooo lame

491 days ago
65.

javier    

Yes!!!! Paulina Rubio is the most important mexican female singer of all the times! she has a base of fans all over the world that support her, so she can be an excellent judge <3 her so muchhh.... GOLDEN GIRL.

491 days ago
66.

steve    

SNOOZE..More singers known more for being on reality show judges than successful artists. So much for going for no names or getting real record execs and A&R people who have personality and dont care about being liked. Rowland at least is proven as a judge on the UK X Factor while Rubio has done The Voice in Mexico. HO HUM...Simon will love the 3 women 1 guy scenario...basically the opposite of the Voice...claim it is so original...love his ego of being with 3 women and staging the faux fights and hoping either for a catfight or for hte women joining in against him which will again put the spotlight...which by the way a producer being a judge also is a bit fishy

491 days ago
67.

LuisMiFan    

HAHAHAHA! Paulina Rubio is an A-1 bitch. She pimped slapped her assistant for booking her in coach and not first class. She just also recently kicked a photog in the cojones.

491 days ago
68.

fernando    

i love paurubio if this note is true she will be a wonderful judge

491 days ago
69.

Fred    

Paulina Rubio seems to be a good choice, she has been in the music business for a long time and she is well know in latin, american and european markets

491 days ago
70.

scott    

I like the Kelly part but have no clue who the other person is.

491 days ago
71.

John    

why are all you people complaining about kelly and paulina..first of all simon cowell is focusing on chemistry between this year..not big names..and second of all hiring big names does not necessarily mean anything..mariah carey was on american idol and shes one of the biggest stars in the planet and the ratings for the show were still bad..so

491 days ago
72.

Dillymac    

This show blows! Maybe some day Simon Cowell will realize if anybody is gonna watch this show they'll have to call it American Idol and hire Paula Abdul, and Randy Jackson, and drink out of Coca Cola glasses because Pepsi sucks!

491 days ago
73.

Stillwaters    

This show isn't working... If it had been any other show, it would have been cancelled by now. Just call it a day already!

491 days ago
74.

72183    

All these shows have lost their damn mind!!!

491 days ago
75.

Lilly    

I THINK THIS is a great choice for the choice because last time they spent to much with britney and it DIDN'T pay off . Demi, Kelly and Paulina are cheaper for the show also i know most people don't know who Paulina is but what is important is her performance as a judge not her popularity just look at Britney, she is very famous but sucked as judge plus Paulina will appeal to the latin audience. i think both of them are a good choice.

491 days ago
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