Kelly Rowland's Highland 'X Factor' Fling

Tuesday June 7, 2011

New X Factor judge Kelly Rowland got into the Celtic spirit as the show took its search for a new star to Scotland.

The former Destiny's Child singer joined three young dancers to perform a Highland Fling in her Fendi heels at Glasgow's SECC.

Kelly said the dance was "awesome", adding: "It's really cool to come to Glasgow and actually see the culture as soon as you land so I learnt the dance, the Highland Fling.

"I get to tell everybody back home I learned the Highland Fling."

Fellow judge Louis Walsh said he was looking for "a new Rod Stewart or Lulu".

And after Scottish talent was slated by Britain's Got Talent judges earlier this year, he said: "The Scots have great voices.

"They're like the Irish. They have this Celtic soul, haven't they?"

Louis - who is also joined on the judging panel by Gary Barlow and Tulisa Contostavlos - admitted he missed the old line-up of Simon Cowell, Dannii Minogue and Cheryl Cole, but was looking forward to the new series.

He said: "It's really going well with these judges because they're all opinionated and they're all singers. They've all done it don't forget, they've all been there.

"It's really exciting; it's really good. There's a whole new energy to this panel. I'm excited. I miss Simon but I miss Dannii and Cheryl as well.

"But these guys are really good. These guys are going to surprise all of you."

He added: "Tulisa, she's the new kid on the block. Watch her, she's very lippy."

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