Paulina Rubio — the Mexican actress, hostess, model, businesswoman and singer who has sold more than 40 million albums worldwide as a solo artist — will be offering her guidance and advice to this year’s group of singing hopefuls on the FOX series “The X Factor.” It’s not her first time on a reality music competition series having been on the Telemundo offerings “La Voz … Mexico” and “La Voz Kids.”
She has a very caring style when it comes to dealing with singing hopefuls.
“I’m not mean. I’m just telling them the truth,” Rubio tells me during a chat at the TV critics press tour. “I’m always really positive about everything that I do.”
There wasn’t this kind of competition series when Rubio started her career two decades ago. That didn’t matter as she had a very personal mentor when she decided to begin a career in entertainment — her mother. She’s the daughter of actress Susana Dosamantes. Rubio was at a studio where her mother was making a movie. There was an open casting call and while she was waiting for her mother, she auditioned and that lead to her first professional singing job. She praises her mother for everything she’s accomplished.
Rubio says. “She’s been my mentor, my mom, my friend.”
That mentoring has worked as Rubio’s 1992 debut album, “La Chica Dorada,” was just the first of a string of hit albums that include “El tiempo es oro” and “Paulina.” After becoming a major force in Latin music, the singer’s looking to expand her fan base. Rubio agreed to be on the show because she loves working with singers. She also sees it a way to become more of a familiar face and voice for a non-Spanish speaking audience.
She’s busy with a wide variety of projects but immediately agreed to be a new “The X Factor” judge when Simon Cowell called. She’s had no trouble making sure her voice is just as loud on the show as returning judges Cowell and Demi Lovato.
“I don’t get intimidated by anybody,” Rubio says. “All my life I’ve been doing this. I really appreciate them as much as they appreciate me. It’s a win-win situation.”