'X Factor' judges first look: Kelly Rowland and Paulina Rubio join Demi Lovato and Simon Cowell for Season 3Add to Favorites | The X Factor
It's hard to read too much into a single image, but there's already an entirely different vibe from last season when wildcard Britney Spears joined the judges panel -- and ultimately fizzled out. The experienced but significantly lower-profile Rowland and Rubio can't possibly provide the same curiosity factor, but maybe low expectations will help a show that's never lived up to its full potential.
Cowell, who remains a "X Factor" executive producer, knows these shows are all about the chemistry and we're hoping he's factored that in to the decision to bring Rowland and Rubio on board. Maybe sparks will fly? We'll find out this fall on FOX.