The X Factor 2013 now has it’s official judges panel! Both pop star Britney Spears and music mogul L.A. Reid left the show after its second season, and speculation has been running rampant as to who will replace them.

In the mix have been singers as varied as Lady Gaga, Jennifer Love Hewitt and Reba McIntyre, but FOX has just announced the new judges, and none of those names are on the list. Joining returning judges
Demi Lovato and Simon Cowell for 2013 are former Destiny’s Child songstress Kelly Rowland and Latina pop star Paulina Rubio.

“I am very excited to be reuniting with Simon Cowell and
The X Factor family,” Kelly said in a statement. “It feels great to be able to take this journey here at home in the states!” The Grammy winning singer previously served as a judge on The X Factor UK, and will be making the trip back home stateside for this year’s US installment.

“I’m so thrilled to be part of the show as a judge,” Mexico-born Paulina adds. “Simon, be careful what you wish for, let’s see if you are ready to handle me, empieza la fiesta, amigo!”

What do you think of the show’s final choice? Obviously, no one will ever be able to replace Britney
— or her crazy facial expressions — in our hearts, but these two pop superstars certainly sound like they’re sure to be a sexy... and spirited... bunch!

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