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Rowland: X Factor was 'incredible'

Kelly Rowland has said her judging stint on the US version of The X Factor was "incredible".

The former Destiny's Child singer joined Simon Cowell, Demi Lovato and Paulina Rubio on the panel for the third and final season of the American spin-off, which has ended its run.

"You know what? It was an incredible experience and I made new friends," Kelly said as she stepped out at New York Fashion Week.

The 32-year-old, who also served as a judge on the eighth series of The X Factor UK, suggested competition may have played a part in the show's demise, but heaped praise on Simon, as he prepares to return to the British edition of the singing show.

"You've got to think about the fact there's American Idol, The Voice and all these new shows that are coming up. But I have to compliment Simon because he started it all with American Idol," she continued.

Kelly is now looking forward to working on her fifth solo album, although she admitted it's "very early" days.

"It's very early. This is gonna be my first time getting back in there - listening to tracks, filling what I want, being in there with different writers and new writers, which I'm very excited about," she said.

The star sat in the front row alongside Joe Jonas for Opening Ceremony's runway show, which featured chocolate oozing down a massive white wall. D esigners Humberto Leon and Carol Lim wanted their autumn-winter presentation to be a treat for the senses.

"It does smell like something is baking," Kelly joked. "That might be a problem. I might have to contain myself. I'm a chocolate fiend!"

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