By ADMIN, 30-Apr-2012 15:08:00
It was confirmed today that ex Destiny's Child singer Kelly Rowland will not be returning to The X Factor (UK) this year. Speculation had been mounting over Kelly's return to the show after insiders revealed she was unlikely to be back.
Her team issued a statement to clarfify her position and confirming her departure from the hit ITV show. "After much speculation, we can officially confirm today that Kelly Rowland has decided not to return as a judge again for this year's UK X Factor.
"Global commitments coupled with the show's increasing demands this year mean that, despite weeks of deliberation with the show, Kelly has not been able to agree a deal that fits into her autumn/winter schedule, so sadly cannot accept a place on the 2012 panel.
"Kelly thoroughly enjoyed her role as a judge on the show, but felt that if there couldn't be a workable solution to scheduling issues, so that she could effectively juggle her other commitments then she couldn't wholeheartedly commit to the show this year"
A spokesperson for The X Factor says: “Kelly’s immense experience in the music industry shone through in both her Judging and mentoring on The X Factor and we would like to thank her for being a part of the country’s number one show and wish her well for the future.”
It is widely believed that Dannii Minogue has been asked to reprise her role on the show, with friends close to the star saying it is just what she needs to get over her break up from long term boyfriend, Kris Smith. Simon is also keen to have her back and Dannii appears to be the front runner to replace 31 year old Miss Rowland. Sources say: “Simon has always been a fan of Dannii’s — and she is keen for a return to Britain after the end of her relationship with Kris.
“Re-joining The X Factor would be ideal. Producers are really keen to make it happen — and Dannii’s team feel it would be the perfect move.”
Gary Barlow and Tulisa Contostavlos have already confirmed their return.
An XF spokesperson added: “The judging panel will be announced in due course.”
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