kelly rowland x factor*The hit singing competition “The X Factor” will be returning for its third season this fall on Fox with Simon Cowell and a female judging panel including singer Kelly Rowland.

Rowland originally served as a judge on the British edition of the show and is really looking forward to the premiere.

“I was excited about being asked to be a judge,” Rowland says. “It’s a show that I really do enjoy and I love the fact that young people can get an opportunity to change their lives within one audition or opportunity and that I can be a part of that.”

Having knowledge of the industry’s ups and downs is something Rowland says the contestants can benefit from. “I feel like I can contribute that to the contestants freely, gladly.”