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Coffee Talk: Kelly Rowland to Judge 'X Factor' USA

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Singer Kelly Rowland poses in the VIP Red Carpet Suite at the 24th Annual GLAAD Media Awards hosted by Ketel One
Kelly Rowland
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• Kelly Rowland will judge the upcoming season of X Factor, joining Simon Cowell, Demi Lovato and Paulina Rubio at the judges' table. "I am very excited to be reuniting with Simon Cowell," said Rowland, former X Factor UK judge. "It feels great to be able to take this journey here at home in the States!" Cowell is excited to be the only man on the panel. "It's taken more than a decade but I'm delighted to finally be on a panel with three girls (I think!)," said Cowell. "Paulina and Kelly both have great taste and massive experience in the music industry and together with Demi, this is going to be a fun panel." [Hollywood Reporter]

• The third season of Single Ladies is returning to VH1. Letoya Luckett, Damien Wayans and Lesley-Ann Brandt have all been added to the existing cast. Luckett will play a music executive, Wayans will play a music manager who plucks April's nerves, while Brandt is cast as a career-driven woman. It is not confirmed when season three will air. [Clutch Mag]

• Is Will Smith plotting a return to music? The rapper-turned-actor says he's been in the studio with Kanye West lately. "I been messing around with Kanye," said Smith. "We went into the studio a couple times, so I might get the bug. I'm not going to do it unless I'm truly inspired, but Kanye's been pushing me a little bit." [Hip Hollywood]

• After months of anticipation, the full version of Beyoncé's "Grown Woman" has finally surfaced on the Internet. The song originally appeared in Beyoncé's Pepsi commercial. She has since performed it on her Mrs. Carter Show tour. Check out the full version here. [Perez Hilton]

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