Simon Cowell said he wanted to sit next to three ladies on Season 3’s judging panel for The X-Factor…and he got his wish! Fox announced Monday that Kelly Rowland and Paulina Rubio will be joining Simon and fellow former judge Demi Lovato next season.
After having a big, iconic name, Britney Spears, who proved to be a complete dud as a judge, for Season 2, it looks like the show is taking a different route this time around. Casting ladies like Kelly and Paulina, who don’t necessarily have crazy star power, but who do have experience in a judge’s chair, is definitely a different approach. Kelly has experience as the judge of Season 8 on U.K’s version of The X-Factor, while Paulina was a judge/mentor on Telemundo’s version of The Voice (La Voz: Mexico).
Still, it is fairly disappointing to not see a major diva or household name on the list, so we’ve come up with 5 ladies who we would’ve been more excited about in the X-Factor judge’s seat.
You can’t think about Kelly Rowland without thinking about her former Destiny’s Child bandmate Beyonce. She’s one of the biggest stars of our generation, far bigger than Kelly, and likely would’ve generated a ton of viewers (although, I’m sure we said the same about Britney at this time last year). Plus, she’s making major headlines lately concerning reports about whether she is or isn’t pregnant.
Unfortunately, Beyonce is on tour now and will be at the end of this summer, so she’d miss the audition portion of the show. Plus, she might be ready to pop by the time the finale airs, if she is preggers.
Simon’s already got himself a handful from dealing with his (all in good fun) arguments with Demi, but chances are, Rihanna would bring even more sass and attitude to the show. Fans seemed to fall in love with Nicki Minaj on this season of American Idol, and Rihanna would be a similar casting choice to her, but chances are, she’d also display a softer side that would be more relatable.
Plus, it doesn’t hurt that RiRi had a huge year and isn’t slowing down anytime soon — talk about major star power! However, she’s on tour next fall…so making it to the live shows might’ve been an issue.
Over the last year, it seems to be “the thing” to love to hate Miley. From her haircut, to her lifestyle choices, to the negative press surrounding her engagement in the media, people aren’t really sure what to think about the former Disney Darling. The X-Factor would be the perfect opportunity to Miley to show fans who she’s really become and who she wants to be. Chances are, the world probably doesn’t hate her as much as they think they do! On top of that, Miley is set to release new music this summer, so being on the show would be a great way to promote that.
Unfortunately, Miley seems to be focusing on her privacy over the last few months, and being on The X-Factor would definitely put her right in the public eye, and probably lead to more scrutiny of her personal life and relationship. That is clearly something she, personally, does NOT want.
Besides a few TV appearances and making headlines for the birth of her son Luca, Hilary Duff has remained out of the spotlight for the most part over the last few years. Being on The X-Factor would be a major career move for her, and help catapult her into major relevancy again. This would definitely come in handy if she’s ready to get back to work on her own music, which she’s said in the past is a goal of hers.
Hilary has become a family gal, though, and is clearly devoted to her son and husband Mike Comrie, so taking on this commanding job could definitely take away from that, as it already has for The Voice judges Shakira and Christina Aguilera.
Who better to judge a singing competition than the first major winner of one?! Of course, Kelly Clarkson might make more sense as a judge on American Idol, the show she won back in 2005, but that doesn’t mean she shouldn’t be considered for any option that becomes available. Kelly has already mentored on Idol and The Voice, and starred in the CW’s failed singing competition show Duets last summer, so she’s certainly gotten enough practice and credibility.
Right now, though, Kelly is planning her wedding to fiance Brandon Blackstock, and after touring with Maroon 5 this summer, she probably won’t have time to make a major commitment like this