The X Factor is hoping the third time’s the charm when the Fox reality competition series returns this fall with new faces Kelly Rowland and Paulina Rubio joining Simon Cowell and Demi Lovato on the judges’ panel. The infectious chemistry between the four was immediately apparent during Thursday’s auditions in Los Angeles with Lovato and Rubio dancing together before the taping, Rowland storming the stage to teach a rapping grandmother how to “twerk,” and all three women ganging up on Cowell when they didn’t agree with his snarky comments. “They are little devils,” Cowell told reporters with a grin. “I love difficult girls and I’ve met my match. I respect them and you see and hear things in a different way than you have before. It’s just a very different experience.”
It’s a welcome change of pace after last year’s arguably lifeless dais..
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