Fox announced today that Demi Lovato will return as a judge for the upcoming season of “The X Factor.” Entertainment Weekly reports that the spots held last season by L.A. Reid and Britney Spears — both of whom have said they’re not returning — remain vacant.
“Lovato’s new deal will help maintain some continuity on the show, which will undergo more change before returning this fall,” the piece reports. “No word yet on who will replace Reid or Spears, and it’s unclear whether Khloe Kardashian will return as a co-host.”
In a statement, show creator and judge Simon Cowell said: “I couldn’t be happier that Demi wants to come back this year. She’s a superstar in her own right and was a fantastic mentor last year. Even though she can be really, really annoying — I truly enjoyed working with her and so did the artists. I’m especially pleased she’s back even during her world tour!”
Said Lovato: “I am so excited to return as a judge and mentor on ‘The X Factor.’ Last season was an unbelievable experience and I really enjoyed developing personal relationships with the contestants and the panel. I look forward to taking my previous experience and applying it to make this season even better!”