Hm Personally, I’m only really familiar with Destiny Child’s Kelly Rowland and Louis Walsh–he is the only panelist to return this year. Dannii Minogue was let go because reportedly, she wanted to concentrate on Australia’s Got Talent, where she is now a judge. But there were reports that Simon let her go, because he felt she didn’t fit in with the new panel.
From the official X Factor site:
Gary Barlow, Tulisa Contostavlos, Kelly Rowland, Louis Walsh
ITV and the producers of The X Factor, talkbackThames and Syco, today announced the 2011 judging panel line-up for the nation’s biggest television show.
Gary Barlow – One of Britain’s most successful singer songwriters and a member of one of the biggest pop groups of all time, Take That, Gary has amassed twelve UK No. 1 hits and is a five times recipient of the Ivor Novello award for songwriting.
Tulisa Contostavlos – The lead singer of one of the most successful urban British hip hop group, N-Dubz. Tulisa has had eight top 40 hits, a sell-out tour, album sales of over 1.2 million and has won four MOBO awards.
Kelly Rowland – A founder member of one of the most successful girl groups of all time, Destiny’s Child, who sold over 60 million records; Kelly has won a Grammy award as a solo artist and established herself as a global star.
Louis Walsh – Mastermind of the careers of the multi-million selling pop groups, Boyzone and Westlife.
Gary Barlow said: “I’m extremely excited about working on The X Factor. I’ve always been a fan of the show and always enjoyed performing on it too. My one goal is to find a global super star. If I don’t find one I won’t have done my job.”
Tulisa Contostavlos said: “I’m so excited to be the joining The X Factor and want to bring something fresh and new to the panel. I’m not going to be afraid to speak my mind and mix things up a little. I am hoping to find some hot new talent and mentor a winning category. It is also going to be great to get to know and work alongside the other Judges. Let the fireworks begin!”
Kelly Rowland said: “I am so excited to join The X Factor UK and be able to spend time in one of my favourite places in the world. The music coming out of the UK right now is incredible with artists like Adele, Jessie J and James Blake, so I’m confident this season of The X Factor will give me opportunity to hear a few diamonds in the rough. Being a judge is never easy, but I promise to be as sternly honest as I can and also encourage everyone who crosses the stage. I can’t wait to meet the world’s next superstar!”
Louis Walsh said: “I’m delighted to back for my eighth series of The X Factor, it’s my favourite job in the world and I’m really excited this year to work with Gary Barlow and the rest of the new panel. I’m the last original judge standing and I’m determined to find an act that can win this year and show the others how it’s done!”