Is It Destiny? Reports Have Two Singers Close to Finalizing Deals to Be Judges on 'The X Factor.' Between Them They Have Sold Close to 100 Million (!) Albums TMZ; THR
Fox's 'The X Factor" is talking to two singers who have sold close to 100 million albums between them to replace Britney Spears and L.A. Reid, two judges on the show this past season who will not be coming back this fall.
According to an exclusive story broken on Sunday, May 19, 2013, by 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."
The TMZ story added, "A rep for Fox had no comment."
Rowland is probably best known as a member of "Destiny's Child" with Beyonce and Michelle Williams.That group sold about 50 million albums worldwide. As a solo artist Rowland has sold another 24 million albums.
From Mexico, Paulina Rubio has sold about 20 million albums worldwide.
The Hollywood Reporter's version of TMZ's exclusive said, "Rowland previously served as a judge on the eighth season of 'The X Factor' U.K. This wouldn’t be the first time Simon Cowell has pulled talent from his series across the pond. In the first season of 'The X Factor' U.S., Cowell had initially tapped Cheryl Cole to judge, though she was ultimately replaced by Pussycat Dolls singer Nicole Scherzinger, who herself later moved across the pond to judge in the U.K."
The other two judges on "The X Factor" are Cowell and Demi Lovato, both of whom were also judges on the show this past season as well.