1:23 am - 05/02/2012

UPDATE: Demi Lovato Nears Deal for Fourth Judge Spot on 'X Factor'

According to sources, the Disney star will bring a younger audience to the Fox show, something creator Simon Cowell has been keen on.

As the countdown to Season 2 of The X Factor winds down, the fourth judge is falling into place. The Hollywood Reporter has learned that pop star Demi Lovato is closing a deal to join Britney Spears in the seats vacated by Nicole Scherzinger and Paula Abdul after Season 1.

Although the deal is not yet done and could fall apart, sources say Lovato's team is in final negotiations for the job.

THR had previously heard that the final judge would be a brunette, and the choice of the former Disney Channel star certainly fits that criteria.

X Factor creator and star Simon Cowell is particular about the casting of his judge panels. More importantly, at 19, Lovato would bring with her a younger audience (her current single, "Give Your Heart a Break," which she recently performed on American Idol, is No. 74 on the Billboard Hot 100). Spears, while still a force in pop music, is 10 years older than Lovato. Returning judge and Epic Records chairman L.A. Reid rounds out the panel. 

Lovato, like former teen star Spears, has also seen her share of tabloid headlines, which could spur tune-ins for curiosity's sake. Two years after Lovato released her debut album, 2008's Don't Forget, the star checked herself into an Illinois rehabiliation center for physical and emotional issues stemming from bulimia and self-injury. She was released in January 2011. 

Reps for Fox and Lovato would not comment and a spokesperson for the show refused to confirm talks, although there’s a good chance Cowell and crew are planning to make an X Factor-related announcement at the Fox upfront event for ad buyers on May 14. Auditions with the new judges in place are scheduled to begin at the end of the month.

Speaking to THR in April, FremantleMedia CEO Cecile Frot-Coutaz, who executive produces the show, said negotiations would likely go down to the wire. "These things always drag out to the very last minute," she said. "It's human nature. But it has to get done so it will get done."

Asked about the what sort of "chemistry" the producers hope to get from the new panel, Frot-Coutaz said that Season 1 lacked "a real point of view" to make X Factor feel like a different show from the other singing competitions. "It didn't do that. It was just another version of what was out there and that was the problem."


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x_beccy_jonas_x 1st-May-2012 10:27 pm (UTC)
IA :)
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trainwreck1017 1st-May-2012 10:26 pm (UTC)
This will be good for her career imo and Simon obviously knows what he's doing so I'll trust him if he does decide to pick her lolol
flutesinger262 1st-May-2012 10:26 pm (UTC)
beautdirtyrich 1st-May-2012 10:26 pm (UTC)
chreva 1st-May-2012 10:26 pm (UTC)
she cant pull her career out, how could she be good at this ?!
its doesn't seems right to me, on to the next one pls
cantbetamed 1st-May-2012 10:27 pm (UTC)
famineaffair 2nd-May-2012 12:01 am (UTC)
omg love this shit just watched the entire series on Hulu
kknee13 1st-May-2012 10:27 pm (UTC)
are we being trolled
flawlessa 1st-May-2012 10:27 pm (UTC)
"at 19, Lovato would bring with her a younger audience (her current single, "Give Your Heart a Break," which she recently performed on American Idol, is No. 74 on the Billboard Hot 100)"


Slaying that younger audience at #74!

I mean really, the PR person could have come up with a better factoid to sell her getting on the show
loveislikeastar 1st-May-2012 10:28 pm (UTC)
the source is THR who are generally viewed as pretty reliable though
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animalsrule_xo 1st-May-2012 10:27 pm (UTC)
lmfao oh ok then.
loveislikeastar 1st-May-2012 10:27 pm (UTC)
She does that have bitchy-sarcastic thing that works on these shows
wilddude11 1st-May-2012 10:28 pm (UTC)
I'll watch only to see if Demi actually knows what she's doing.
flawlessa 1st-May-2012 10:28 pm (UTC)
Does Demi even have a platinum album? It's been about 5 years, Don't Forget should have been there by now right?
trainwreck1017 1st-May-2012 10:31 pm (UTC)
She can judge talent without a platinum album lolol
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flawlessa 1st-May-2012 10:31 pm (UTC)
Lmao can you imagine Selena giving singing advice? I think even she knows better than that.
citydove 1st-May-2012 10:28 pm (UTC)
I think it would be good for Miley and not Demi...

Mostly because I think Demi would be flirting with the contestants the whole time lol
fuckingsookie 1st-May-2012 10:29 pm (UTC)
when is this suppose to film because i thought demi was going to be doing her US tour dates right after the SA rap up. plus, is this source even credible lol. ill believe it when its on tmz~~
x_beccy_jonas_x 1st-May-2012 10:31 pm (UTC)
She does have an summer tour and album 4 is supposedly late 2012/early 2013 but THR is usually pretty credible.
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