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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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91.

WLou    

Paulina needs a side job now that her ex is asking for alimony!

436 days ago
92.

woodson    

mess. for the bieber kid., did u hear good music tonight at the BII BOARD MUSIC AWARD(THYE MUSIC OF PRINCE, OKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKK

436 days ago
93.

athena    

because someone liked to listen to rap music dose not rap music, or the artist's to blame in the boston bombing. the person who committed the crime is to blame! we need to learn to stop passing the buck, and take responsibility for our own actions! the bomber is to blame! he, and he, and his brother alone! others who knew, and said nothing are also to blame!

436 days ago
94.

zeek    

Lol if they are trying to replicate The Voice's panel (a la Shakira)... they could of picked Enrique Iglesias or someone with relevancy

NO ONE KNOWS PAULINA in the states Simon!

436 days ago
95.

Sylvixen    

Why would you get a wash up Mexican singer to be a judge !!!

436 days ago
96.

Daniel    

Great choice! Singer Paulina Rubio is the most representative Latin pop and strong.

436 days ago
97.

Lisa    

Contrary to what many are saying, the fact that he's signing up two judges who need to be Googled is a step in the right direction. The judging panel is there to search for a new superstar, not showcase existing ones who are only there to promote their own careers. My problem is with three female artists plus Simon. The panel will be imbalanced by both gender and industry sector. There is no reason and no excuse why Simon couldn't have found a male music mogul to replace L.A.

436 days ago
98.

kd    

Y'all hating on kelly get a life

436 days ago
99.

kd    

Vb and helen get a life they maken money what y'all maken koolaid don't do it to urself

436 days ago
100.

joecrabs    

Please just let these stupid shows die. They're just scarping the bottom of the barrel for both talent and now judges. Just let it go.

436 days ago
101.

chris    

Not gonna lie.............when I heard the rumors that Reba might have been a judge, I was excited and actually getting interested in the X-Factor. By not having a country artist as a judge, especially a legend like her with so much experience under her belt for so many decades, and not just in music, I think Simon is missing out. I think that is why "The Voice" does so well. You have coaches from all different genres & backgrounds. There is a huge market of talent that is marketed towards the Nashville sound and Simon doesn't want to focus on that because he doesn't think it is "popular"........which is a shame. And he has felt this way since the very 1st season of American Idol with Kelly Clarkson. She wanted to sing country, but there was no country week on that season. The only time she got to sing country was after the finale during the special when she was surprised with Reba. Granted American Idol didn't do all that great in the ratings this season, however- having Keith Urban on the judge's panel did prove that country artists are great coaches/judges. It also didn't help that you had 2 divas that the show was focused around and NOT the contestants. And viewers read into that. Keith Urban did amazing as a judge. And Blake Shelton has won the past 2 seasons of "The Voice" and was runner-up the 1st season. I just wish Simon would open his eyes...........especially seeing how last season's winner (Tate Stevens) was also country.

436 days ago
102.

JR    

Awesome, Paulina gave to The Voice Mexico the highest ratings ever with 20% to 25 % viewers from the total population, she's giving Telemundo the highest ratings that station ever had beating their long time rival Univision Sunday after Sunday. Now Latin's Pop Queen has a bigger challenge, win viewers for The X Factor.

436 days ago
103.

3rdHiltonSister    

Loves it

436 days ago
104.

FLCountriBoi    

Ratchet Android app on Google Play:

App Title: SMDH...Ratchet!

436 days ago
105.

Swimfan    

Kelly Rowland should go blow up her boobs some more

436 days ago
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