It has FINALLY been confirmed that Kelly Rowland will be a Judge on this years X-Factor. Check out the news from the Daily Mail.

American pop star Kelly Rowland is to join hit TV show the X Factor.

The singer, 30, is expected to be formally announced as joining the show as a new judge in the coming days. The decision comes just day after Dannii Minogue surprisingly left the hugely popular ITV series.

Today, Miss Rowland expressed her excitement at joining the show.

She said: ‘The X Factor is an amazing show. I love Simon [Cowell] because he’s so honest. Everything he says I agree with. I don’t know what kind of judge I’ll be.’

Miss Rowland will be the third newcomer joining the panel when the programme returns later this year.

Take That star Gary Barlow has already been confirmed to appear in the series. And  Tulisa Constavolos – from pop band N-Dubz –  is also due to be announced.

They will join Louis Walsh, a long-running judge on the programme.

The revamp comes after both Cheryl Cole and Simon Cowell decided to leave the UK version of the programme to launch the US show.

Miss Rowland has enjoyed a hugely successful pop career in the past, both as part of band and as a solo artist.

She was one third of US group Destiny’s Child. Her two band-mates were Beyonce Knowles – who has gone on to become one of the world’s biggest female stars – and Michelle Williams.

It’s finally coming together. Without Kelly Rowland I think I wouldn’t even be INTERESTED in watching this year’s X-Factor. Kelly is going to be giving some GOOD tips to the contestant as Kelly has had YEARS of Experience. This will also be good for Kelly’s career, as Motivation is her biggest selling R&B song in the US, Her personality alone will win over everybody in the UK. I can’t wait! I’d also like to say Congratulations to Kelly as she would be the first Afro Caribbean Judge on the X-Factor.