Britney Spears out, Kelly Rowland in for 'The X Factor'

Britney Spears and producer L.A. Reid will not be returning as judges for Simon Cowell's show 'The X Factor,' so singer Kelly Rowland and Latin artist Paulina Rubio will be next to Cowell at the judges' table for the new season.

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    Britney Spears (pictured) will not be returning to 'The X Factor' along with fellow judge L.A. Reid, so singers Kelly Rowland and Paulina Rubio will be coming to the judges' table next season.
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Simon Cowell has added former Destiny's Child singer Kelly Rowland and Latin artist Paulina Rubio to the cast of his competition show "The X Factor."

Rowland and Rubio will be on the show when it starts its third season on Fox this fall. They replace Britney Spears and record producer Antonio "L.A." Reid.

It's a reunion for Rowland and Cowell, although American audiences might not know that. She served as a judge for a season on the more successful British version of the music show.

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In a news release Monday Rubio told Cowell to "be careful what you wish for." She said she wondered if the notoriously cranky judge would be ready to handle her.


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