X Factor 2013: Who Is New Judge Kelly Rowland?

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X Factor 2013: Who Is New Judge Kelly Rowland?

Kelly Rowland has officially joined the judges panel for The X Factor USA's upcoming third season, so before The X Factor 2013 kicks off this fall, let’s take a moment to get to know Britney Spears’ pop star replacement.

X Factor 2013: Who Is New Judge Kelly Rowland?
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You probably know Kelly best from that one time she popped up on stage during Beyonce's super bowl performance and slayed the entire audience with her bootylicious self. But back in the day (by which we mean the 90s), Kelly was just as famous as Queen Bey!

This Atlanta native got her start as one of the OG members of Destiny's Child (so many matching outfits, so little time), and since parting ways with the group she's sold over 24 million records worldwide (her first solo album, 2002's Simply Deep, was a huge success!). That's right, bow down.

Of course, Kelly is an OG renaissance woman, and her talents don't stop at singing. This diva has appeared in multiple TV shows and movies (including 2003's Freddy vs. Jason), and she even hosted Bravo's The Fashion Show with legendary designer Isaac Mizrahi! Kelly also sat on the judges panel for The X Factor UK's eighth season, so girlfriend knows what's up when it comes to hosting talent competitions.

As far as Kelly's love life goes, as far as we know she's single and ready and mingle. Hear that, Simon Cowell? Better fluff up your chest hair!

05.24.2013 / 12:00 AM EDT by Mehera Bonner
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