Kelly Rowland Won't Return as X Factor UK Judge

A scheduling conflict prevents the R&B songstress from striking new deal with talent show.

Posted: 05/01/2012 11:16 AM EDT
Kelly Rowland, Music News, Destiny's Child, The X Factor

After a year on the judges' table at The X Factor (UK), Kelly Rowland has announced she will not be returning to the popular singing competition series.

"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," a spokesperson for Rowland told the BBC.

The UK version of the show, which was created by Simon Cowell and spun off to America last year, could be experiencing some turnover elsewhere on the judges panel as well. The future of fellow judges Tulisa Contostavlos and Louis Walsh remains uncertain, although one judge, Gary Barlow, has been confirmed to return.

Rowland, who has a strong fan base in Europe, said judging on the show was "an incredible experience" and a "great opportunity." She is planning the release of her fourth solo album later this year.

 

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