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Kelly Rowland leaves X Factor role

Kelly Rowland has confirmed she won't be returning for the new season of The X Factor.

The Destiny's Child singer appeared on the judging panel of the UK version of the reality TV show last year. However, following weeks of speculation about her future on the series, Kelly has announced she is no longer involved with the programme.

"After much speculation, we can officially confirm today that Kelly Rowland has decided not to return as a judge again for this year's UK X Factor," a statement read. "Global commitments coupled with the show's increasing demands this year mean that, despite weeks of deliberation with the show, Kelly has not been able to agree a deal that fits into her autumn/winter schedule, so sadly cannot accept a place on the 2012 panel.

"Kelly thoroughly enjoyed her role as a judge on the show, but felt that if there couldn't be a workable solution to scheduling issues, so that she could effectively juggle her other commitments then she couldn't wholeheartedly commit to the show this year."

Kelly posted a cryptic message on her Twitter page earlier today, which seemingly referred to her decision to quit the series.

"#ONLY GOD CAN JUDGE ME! (sic)" she wrote.

Last week it was reported that music mogul Simon Cowell wants Katy Perry to join the judging panel of the UK TV show.

However, it has been suggested that her hectic work schedule will only allow her to have a casual involvement with the show - so she may reprise her role as a guest judge during the audition process.

Meanwhile, there are claims that Australian singer Dannii Minogue and British singer Cheryl Cole could make a shock return to the judging panel for the new season.

X Factor judge Tulisa Contostavlos has revealed she would love to work with Dannii.

"I used to watch X Factor before I got on the panel, so I always thought Dannii was great and I enjoyed watching her, so I'm sure we'd get along really well," she told UK TV show Daybreak.

It was recently revealed that Dannii had a secret affair with Simon Cowell while the pair appeared on the show.

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