'The X Factor' Season 3: Simon Cowell is back in control - so he thinks

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Check out the first look at "The X Factor" Season 3, which debuted during the 2013 MLB All-Star Game. Judges Simon Cowell and Demi Lovato are joined by newbies Kelly Rowland and Paulina Rubio -- and Cowell claims he's back in control, having this to say about each of his fellow panelists:

Rowland -- "total professional"
Paulina -- "everybody's going to understand [her]"
Demi -- "she respects me"

Uh huh. Though we will give Simon some props for having a female-heavy panel. No other reality singing competition in the U.S. has done that so far -- it's always been split evenly or male-dominated. So, kudos to you, Cowell.

"The X Factor's" two-night premiere is Sept. 11 and 12 on FOX. Check out all the fall 2013 premiere dates here.
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