“The X Factor” U.K. judge Kelly Rowland has been on a publicity whirlwind to promote her third solo album, “Here I Am,” which was released in the United States and Canada on July 26, 2011. Essence.com (the website for Essence magazine) named Rowland a guest editor on July 29, 2011. The site features exclusive interviews with Rowland talking about a variety of topics, including her new music, “The X Factor” U.K., her favorite summer fashion, her beauty tips and her female friendships.
Rowland said about being a judge on “The X Factor” U.K.:
“It’s so much fun. I got the invitation from Simon Cowell. And when I got there, I didn’t know what to expect because there are so many different accents and different places in the U.K. where some of the accents are thick, like Liverpool, Glasgow. Some of the words sound like they’re running together, but when you really take the time to listen, it’s really charming.”
She also commented on her close friendships with famous pals singer/actress Brandy, tennis player Serena Williams, TV personality La La Vazquez, model Jessica White, and Rowland’s former Destiny’s Child group mates Beyoncé Knowles and Michelle Williams (no relation to Serena).
“I think it’s so important for women to have that camaraderie amongst each other, period. It feels great to have a good support system as well. That’s what I have with each of my besties. Michelle and B [Beyoncé] are now sisters. It’s just awesome: the connection and friendship we have.”
As previously reported, Rowland is doing select U.S. tour dates (some with Chris Brown) in July, August and September 2011, before she heads back to England to resume filming “The X Factor” U.K.