'The X Factor' UK: Estelle is on Simon Cowell's Radar as a New Addition to the Judges Panel

Show boss Cowell is just waiting to hear back about the British R&B singer’s availability to take part in the audition process, which starts in May.
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British R&B singer Estelle is rumored to be Simon Cowell’s new pick for The X Factor UK judges panel. She would replace former Destiny's Child member Kelly Rowland, who reportedly wants to focus on her music career back in the states.

This would bring The X Factor UK judges panel back to a nearly all British collection -- with the exception of Irish music manager Louis Walsh. The judges who have been asked back include singer-songwriter Gary Barlow from Cheshire, and Tulisa Contostavlos, who is one third of the hip hop group N-Dubz from Camden Town.

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Cowell is reportedly in talks with the soulful singer about the possibility of joining the ITV1 show for auditions, which begin in May.  Estelle is currently wrapping up a US tour that concludes March 5.

Cowell previously, however, admitted that he is fond of the idea of Cheryl Cole returning to the judges panel. An X Factor spokesperson said in a statement that the show’s team had not yet been decided.