X Factor Judges Rumors: Jennifer Love Hewitt and Kelly Rowland

OMG These X Factor 3 judges rumors

Simon Cowell’s search for a new X Factor judge may have a happy ending! A source tells Us Weekly that the Fox talent show creator, 53, hope that Jennifer Love Hewitt will join him and Demi Lovato on the panel this fall for season three. (Judges L.A. Reid and Britney Spears both departed after season two.)

“Simon is very interested,” says the source of the 34-year-old Client List actress and former pop star. (Hewitt’s song “BareNaked” charted back in 2002.) Also in the running: Reba McEntire and Kelly Rowland, who judged 2011’s U.K. X Factor.

While an X Factor rep says “this is pure speculation,” a Rowland pal assures Us: “Kelly’s nearly a done deal!”

Jennifer Love WHO? A D list actress who is barely a singer? Really? Methinks Hewitt’s PR rep is earning her paycheck this week. Kelly Rowland “quit” the X Factor UK after one season in 2011, but there were rumors she was fired after she ditched rehearsals with her contestants to work in America.

But then, proving Simon has no problem firing and rehiring–dumped X Factor US judge, Nicole Scherzinger took Kelly’s place in 2012! So don’t be surprised if that rumor is true…

VIA US Magazine

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  • http://www.randrambles.com Rand

    I would not be opposed to Kelly Rowland joining. Reba could be a good choice too. But Jennifer Love? That is seriously laughable.

  • mtthew

    OMG!!! I want Reba on the panel. I LOVE HER.

  • http://www.etsy.com/shop/AdorablyHooked Gwen

    Kelly Rowland is not a bad idea. At all. Reba’s a hoot. Jennifer Love Hewitt did some lip syncing in Sister Act 2.

  • Mateja Praznik

    Hmm, is this shaping up to be Simon + 3 ladies judging panel?

  • b_james

    Jennifer Love Hewitt?! LOL. Reba would actually be great, and I could see her being a good counter to Simon (much like Demi already is).

  • LucyWillis1996

    Jennifer Love Hewitt has has quite a bit of success in acting, The Client List, I know What You Did Last Summer, Ghost Whisperer so she isn’t a D List actress. Plus, her bop How Do I Deal is a flawless song.

    The only way Reba would work is if they cancel her dreadful sitcom Malibu Country. Otherwise, her time would be spent filming the sitcom.

  • http://twitter.com/dam744 Damien Roberts

    Kelly Rowland makes total sense, but Jennifer Love Hewitt is totally out of left field.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=754136041 Jason Gorny

    It would depend if Reba’s show comes back for a 2nd season on ABC. If not, then she can join X-Factor

  • matt89

    In all honesty, Jennifer Love Hewitt is more relevant than Kelly Rowland. Seems all Kelly has been doing his judging since destiny’s child days

  • http://twitter.com/happylittlefish Amy Beth

    Jennifer Love Hewitt actually started out on a show called “Kid’s Incorportated”. From the description, it sounds like a combination MMC rip-off and after-school special! Fergie from the Black-Eyed Peas was on it too.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Li-Wright/100001622678180 Li Wright

    All the hiring and dumping and rehiring by Simon — he’s turning out to be a nightmare of a man isn’t he?

  • Reflects On Life

    I think JLH competed as a singer on Star Search back in her teens or tweens. Plus, her career is all about amazing PR. She parlayed a secondary role on Party of Five into a major 90’s “young hollywood” career.

  • http://twitter.com/happylittlefish Amy Beth

    I don’t think JLH did Star Search. But as I mentioned below, she was on Kid’s Incorporated as a tween.

  • http://twitter.com/Sassycatz Sassycatz

    I was trying to think if there was another Jennifer Love Hewitt other than the person who starred in Ghost Whisperer … but apparently not. If this is actually true, I’d say this is the influence of “little Simon.”

  • http://twitter.com/lucy__luz rodavlaS eaM zuL

    Yeah, Reba would be great.Even Jennifer would be fine. Simon does not need Mariah Carey, Christina Aguilera, J.lo like judges..and oh yeah..Britney Spears like judge! Simon needs someone who does not care much about their status!

  • hcpoirot

    Please. Jennifer Love Hewitt is not a D list actress. If she is D list, she will be in Dancing With The Stars already.

    She get her break in Party O Five. Then few seasons in Ghost Whisperer and now The Client List. All as main roles.

    You can not say that to so many TV actors who had major break in one tv drama / sit com then disappeared.

    She is legit TV actress.

  • hcpoirot

    That cannot be said for Kelly Rowland. Her big success was in Destiny Child. After that though she appreared in many reality shows as judges, she fail.

    One season in The Fashion Show, one season in Clash Of The Choir and one season in X Factor UK.

    She did not had great record as judges in reality tv show.

  • Larc

    I’m definitely a fan of Jennifer Love Hewitt and might be tempted to watch XF if she were on it. Her “BareNaked” isn’t such a bad song.

  • EvenMoreron

    I actually like Jennifer Love Hewitt, I don’t think she’s D-List at all. A random choice, yes, but she’s not a bottom-feeder on the Hollywood chain … maybe a less-critically acclaimed Sarah Michelle Gellar. Her demographic is 28-45sh, so she’s not there for the young ones. She actually would make more sense as a host. And of course there’s that Carson Daly connection from way back.

    The Client List is a totally guilty pleasure, and Can’t Hardly Wait is a late 90s classic.

  • EvenMoreron

    Loove Sister Act 2.

  • http://www.etsy.com/shop/AdorablyHooked Gwen

    The singing in that movie is awesome.

  • http://twitter.com/THEROCPRINCE Cory Patrick

    I would much rather see Brandy than Kelly Rowland. I mentioned Brandy before, she did America’s Got Talent and her momentum has been picking back up since the “Two Eleven” release and her role on “The Game”.

  • http://twitter.com/HighTensions Jake W.

    WTF at Jennifer Love Hewitt. She is a actress! Dumb move on that part. Kelly Rowland would be perfect!

  • Wfish88

    Acually wouldn’t mind Jennfer Love H. being on XF, she released a music video “I’m A Women” , kinda catchy song… Reba is a character but wouldn’t want her as a judge.

  • Face

    the XF judge speculation always makes me laugh… there’s always some random people mentioned…
    but it tends to end up being the one of the ‘usual suspects’… in this case Kelly Rowland… who I imagine is almost a done deal…
    much like with Nicole leaving US XF and then joining UK XF and him initially taking Cheryl Cole with him from UK to US XF… it’s like in Simon’s world there are only 2 or 3 possible people to chose from…

  • MyDailyComment

    Jennifer love hewitt has 3 albums..

  • http://twitter.com/igobyleo Leo Ridela

    I’m calling BS on the Jennifer Love Hewitt thing. She hasn’t been relevant since the 90s, and I can’t imagine them going from Megastar Britney to her.

    I really liked Kelly Rowland as a UK judge though–she championed Misha B, who I think should’ve won that season. I’d be happy with her as a judge.

  • http://twitter.com/igobyleo Leo Ridela

    Kelly Rowland has actually had quite a few hit songs after Destiny’s Child. And her music is very popular in clubs, just saying. She may not be Beyonce big, but she has her own thing going.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=579290324 Michael Bishop

    I couldn’t care any less if I tried. Season 1 felt mean spirited, but I was happy Melanie won. Then she disappeared. Season 2 was more smarm between Simon and LA, loved Demi, but it was meh and I was not really rooting for anyone. I came to like 5th Harmony, but the show has not produced a star, and it’s killing AI in the process.