Simon Cowell is hoping that Kelly Rowland will give the X Factor some `street cred' if she joins the judging panel.
The music mogul hopes that the former Destiny Child singer will encourage hip-hop and R 'n B fans to tune in.
The American star is believed to be signing her mega-bucks deal later this week.
She told the Daily Star: "The X Factor is an amazing show. I love Simon because he's so honest.
"Everything he says I agree with. I don't know what kind of judge I'll be."
If Kelly joins the panel she will be the third new judge for the series. Simon Cowell and Cheryl Cole have both quit the show to work on the US version.
Meanwhile, Dannii Minogue has allegedly been squeezed out by Simon who wants to update the look of the programme.
Tulisa Constavolos from N-Dubz and Take That star Gary Barlow have both been given contracts.
An insider said: "Simon has been telling producers he wants Kelly Rowland and Tulisa from N-Dubz and the simple fact is there wasn't room for everyone.
"Something had to give - and that something was Dannii."
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