Singer Kelly Rowland arrives at the 2013 Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 19, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

E! Online – Former Destiny’s Child member Kelly Rowland and Mexican superstar Paulina Rubio are in final talks to join The X Factor, sources connected to the show confirm to E! News.

The news comes just days before Fox needs to have all four judges firmly in place, as they are scheduled to begin work on the new season on Tuesday, in Charleston, N.C.

Fox is not commenting.

Assuming the deals are finalized as expected, Rowland and Rubio will fill the seats left empty by Britney Spears and L.A. Reid. Simon Cowell and Demi Lovato will return for the coming season, airing this fall.

Sources tell us Fox is moving away from casting megastars like Britney Spears, Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey in favor of somewhat lesser-known artists who already have experience on similar series. Rowland served as a judge on the eighth season of the UK version of The X Factor, and Rubio served as a judge on La Voz…Mexico. She also has been tapped as a judge for Telemundo’s La Voz Kids.

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