Check out the first look at “The X Factor” Season 3, which debuted during the 2013 MLB All-Star Game. Judges Simon Cowell and Demi Lovato are joined by newbies Kelly Rowland and Paulina Rubio — and Cowell claims he’s back in control, having this to say about each of his fellow panelists:

Rowland — “total professional”
Paulina — “everybody’s going to understand [her]”
Demi — “she respects me”

Uh huh. Though we will give Simon some props for having a female-heavy panel. No other reality singing competition in the U.S. has done that so far — it’s always been split evenly or male-dominated. So, kudos to you, Cowell.

“The X Factor’s” two-night premiere is Sept. 11 and 12 on FOX. Check out all the fall 2013 premiere dates here.

Posted by:Andrea Reiher

TV critic by way of law school, Andrea Reiher enjoys everything from highbrow drama to clever comedy to the best reality TV has to offer. Her TV heroes include CJ Cregg, Spencer Hastings, Diane Lockhart, Juliet O'Hara and Buffy Summers. TV words to live by: "I'm a slayer, ask me how."