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Kelly Rowland Joins X Factor USA; Cancels Tour Dates

Kelly Rowland’s much-speculated role on the new season of The X Factor USA appears to have leaked online ahead of schedule, thanks to a Kansas music venue.

The ‘Dirty Laundry’ singer was due to tour with The-Dream this year, but The Midland let slip on Twitter that the jaunt has been axed because of her new commitments with the US offshoot of Simon Cowell’s talent show.

“Due to X-Factor related sched. conflicts, the Kelly Rowland & The-Dream tour has been cancelled. All tix will be refunded at pt of purchase,” said the message. Oops!

Rowland has long been touted as a potential replacement for Britney Spears and LA Reid on the struggling FOX show, which retains Demi Lovato behind the desk for a second year. One other judge will be added to the line-up before auditions start tomorrow – and it’s expected to be Mexican superstar Paulina Rubio.

However, speculation has also mounted that Hilary Duff is poised to join the show, after fans wondered whether her simple “X” tweet last week, accompanied by the fact that Demi Lovato has just followed her on Twitter, meant she was also in the frame.

One person who isn’t is Faith Hill. The ‘There You’ll Be’ star had been linked to a spot on the line-up, but has now shot down the rumours. “Heard I’m gonna be a judge on X Factor? Flattered, but not true,” she wrote.

Singer-turned-actress Jennifer Love Hewitt and Ne-Yo have also been suggested as possible additions to the show.

Rowland had one stint on the UK version of the show in 2011, where she mentored Amelia Lily to third place.


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