It certainly isn’t easy spending your career in the limelight, especially in the day of instant reaction on Twitter and instant meme-ification on Tumblr. “The X-Factor” judge Kelly Rowland is well-aware of this.
“Sometimes it’s really hard for me to hide my facial expressions because… it’s hard,” Rowland tried to explain during a chat at the FOX TV Radio Junket for the Television Critic Association Awards. “Sometimes people get up there and you’re like, ‘Oh, why?’”
A Rowland reaction to a male attempting to cover Britney Spears’ “(Hit Me) Baby One More Time” already has the web buzzing. The Destiny Child singer cautioned that she’s already given “a lot of those looks,” but that she is also impressed with a lot of the artists that have auditioned thus far.
“America has some serious talent and people who are really ready and willing to work hard,” Rowland said. “They’re chasing a dream. I know what it’s like to chase a dream.”
Rowland’s fellow judges Demi Lovato, Paulina Rubio, and Simon Cowell also know what it takes to make a dream a reality.
“We’re three women who obviously love music and enjoy being on the panel, and we happen to get along,” Rowland said of her relationship with Lovato and Rubio. “Simon made a good decision. I don’t know if he knew that we’d get along or not, but it feels good that we do.”
Rowland also doesn’t know if Cowell realized he would be essentially pitting himself against three women, but he did.
“We totally team up on Simon,” Rowland admitted. “He gets a little challenge from us.”
Given Cowell’s recent trials and tribulations in the headlines, surely it’s a challenge that he doesn’t mind. The two night season premiere of “The X-Factor” airs this September on FOX.