The X Factor Season 3 Preview: Dramatic, Emotional Changes Ahead

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The X Factor kicks off its third season tonight, with Simon Cowell now surrounded by three female panelists (Demi Lovato, Kelly Rowland and Paulina Rubio) and Mario Lopez excited about the changes to come.

In the following exclusive interview with TV Fanatic, the host prepares us for "emotional and dramatic" shifts, most notably in the middle rounds of the competition. He also talks about his love of hosting... dinner parties.

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And then click Play on the following Q&A, which features Kelly Rowland gushing over the fun she's having on set and Cowell praising One Direction for that group's intelligence and post-show success.

Can Season 3 find a comparable winner? We'll start to find out this week...

Jim Halterman is the West Coast Editor of TV Fanatic and the owner of Follow him on Twitter.

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