Kelly has had to fight to succeed every step of the way

X Factor judge Kelly Rowland auditioned for local rap and dance group Girl’s Tyme when she was 8 and met the Knowles family.

She’d had a tough childhood but Beyoncé‘s parents became her legal guardians and the girls wored together to improve their act.

The band’s name changed from Girl’s Tyme to Something Fresh to Cliché to Dolls, until they finally settled on Destiny’s Child (taken from The Bible) in 1996.

As the band grew in fame, with smash hits like Say My Name and Bills, Bills, Bills, all eyes were on Beyoncé, Kelly and then-bandmates LaTavia Roberson and LeToya Luckett.

Despite their success, LaTavia and LeToya left in 1999, replaced by Michelle Williams and Farrah Franklin.

Farrah walked out in 2000, finally leaving in place the dynamic trio we know and love.

The girls continued to ride high in the charts, hitting No 1 with Independent Women Part 1 and Survivor, but Kelly had her eyes on another prize: marriage.

At 22, she said: My priorities aren’t parties and fancy houses, but love and family.

‘I’d like to be a mother before I’m 24.’ But it wasn’t to be – in 2006, her brief engagement to American footballer Roy Williams ended.

She hasn’t had a serious relationship since, but recently admitted to having a friend with benefits‘.

Despite record sales of 60 million worldwide, Destiny’s Child split in 2006.

‘We were getting older and had different personal goals,’ says Kelly, 30, who released her second solo album Ms Kelly the following year – a follow-up to 2002’s Simply Deep.

Since then, she’s appeared in reality shows and in July she released her third solo album Here I Am.

Now she’s stirring up a storm as a judge on the UK’s hottest TV show.

Xtra Factor presenter Caroline Flack says: Kelly‘s technical knowledge is spot on.

‘She’ll say to a singer: “Can you sing that A sharp for me again?”

‘We’re like: “Wow! How did she know it was an A sharp?”

‘She’s raised the bar.’

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