After months of speculation it was finally revealed who would be taking former The X Factor judges Paula Abdul’s and Nicole Scherzinger’s seats: pop music icon Britney Spears and teen sensation Demi Lovato. The announcement took place at the Fox upfronts presentation in New York on Monday. Spears and Lovato joined current judges Simon Cowell and L.A. Reid for the presentation. A long list of female vocalists were rumored to be considered for judges, including Miley Cyrus, LeAnn Rimes, Fergie, and Janet Jackson. Whitney Houston was to meet with creator Cowell to discuss the position the week of her tragic death back in February.
According to an exclusive E! News report, Britney Spears signed a$15 million contract for her new Season 2 gig. TMZ broke the news late Sunday night Lovato would be rounding out the judging panel. Both are extremely joyful for the opportunity. At the upfronts, Spears said she was “so excited by the whole experience!” She added in a press release that she is “a huge fan of the show” and now gets to be “part of the action. Simon and L.A. better watch out!”
Former-Disney star Demi Lovato echoed Spears’ sentiments claiming she is “totally stoked to be here…I’m excited to represent my generation and find the winner! To be able to spend each week with Simon, L.A., and Britney watching the best that America has to offer is truly a dream come true.”
Simon Cowell shared his thoughts about his new co-workers in a press release:
“I’m absolutely delighted Britney and Demi are joining us. Britney remains one of the biggest stars in the world, she’s talented, fascinating – and I believe she knows exactly how to spot ‘The X Factor.’ Demi’s had an amazing career in music, TV and film for someone her age. She’s young, confident, and enthusiastic. I think it’s really important that she speaks to our younger audience. The new panel will be dynamic and will work really well with the changes we are making to the show.”
There has been no word yet on who will replace host Steve Jones. Glee‘s Darren Criss was rumored but he told The Hollywood Reporter his schedule is too busy. Former World Wrestling Entertainment, Dancing With The Stars alum, and now George Clooney’s current love Stacy Keibler is said to be in talks because of her stunning personality. The new host, along with the new judging panel, will be joining America in their living rooms in 2013 for a mid-season premiere on Fox.
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