May 03, 2012 07:54 AM by Shayla Perry
After what feels like YEARS of speculation as to who would take Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger‘s place on The X Factor, it’s finally official…. Pop singer Demi Lovato will join Britney Spears, L.A. Reid, and Simon Cowell on the judges’ panel in the next season of the FOX reality show. Britney, we get, but what was the motivation behind Lovato? Does Simon Cowell have a thing for Disney stars turned pop singers with troubled pasts?
In a word: Possibly. But according to The Hollywood Reporter, Cowell and company are banking on Demi Lovato to help the show reach a younger demographic. Just how much their banking has yet to be revealed, but we’re pretty sure it’s not going to come close to Brit’s reported $15 million payday.
With the new panel practically set, sources close to the show say that above all else, they’re hoping to differentiate themselves from the other reality singing competitions by offering “a real point of view,” which producers admit was lacking in Season 1.
Neither FOX nor Lovato’s reps would confirm or deny that a deal had been reached, or that Lovato is even in the running to fill the fourth chair, but with the FOX upfront event scheduled for May 14th, don’t be surprised if a major announcement is made at that time.
Besides, with Season 2 talent auditions slated for the end of the month, they’re going to have to say something soon.
What do you think about the new judges’ panel on The X Factor? Do you think Demi Lovato will be a good addition to the show? Are you excited about Season 2? Sound off in the Comments section below.
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