Producer and former American Idol shotcaller Simon Cowell was ecstatic about the announcement. “It’s taken more than a decade but I’m delighted to finally be on a panel with three girls (I think!),” he said.
“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,” Cowell added. “It just feels like the time to do something different.”
While both The Voice and American Idol have played musical chairs with their judges, X Factor boasts a female-heavy line-up.
“I am very excited to be reuniting with Simon Cowell and The X Factor family,” said Kelly, who guest-judged in the British version of the series. “It feels great to be able to take this journey here at home in the States!”
Latina singer Paulina Rubio, who has sold 20 million records worldwide, is also slated to join the cast alongside Demi Lovato and Cowell.
Auditions are set to take place June 15 before the competition heats up TV screens on Fox this fall.