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'American Boy' singer Estelle in talks to replace Kelly Rowland on The X Factor 2012?

Kelly RowlandR&B singer-songwriter Estelle is reportedly being lined up as a judge on The X Factor 2012 as Kelly Rowland looks increasingly likely to leave the show.

According to The Sun, show boss Simon Cowell has entered talks with the Grammy award-winner – who had a worldwide hit with ‘American Boy’ in 2008 – after Kelly told him she wants to focus on her career Stateside.

A source said: “Estelle’s name is very high on his list now and serious enquiries have been made as to her availability for auditions in May.”

However, Gary Barlow, Tulisa Contostavlos and long-time panellist Louis Walsh all look set to return after they were apparently offered pay rises.

An X Factor spokesperson said: “This is pure speculation. No decisions on the panel have been made yet.”

The X Factor’s ninth series begins on ITV1 later this year.

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