‘X Factor’ creator Simon Cowell and the FOX network have confirmed that Demi Lovato will return as a panel member for Season 3 of the singing competition.
Following a lackluster second season it seemed to be a perfect time for a talent shakeup. L.A. Reid and Britney Spears were not offered contract extensions and it remains unclear if co-hosts Khloe Kardashian and Mario Lopez will be returning.
The on-air chemistry between the ‘KUWTK’ reality star and the ‘Extra’ host seemed shaky at best throughout their two-month stint. The ‘Saved By The Bell’ celeb was clearly comfortable and definitely in his element but he didn’t seem at all interested in bonding with his rookie counterpart.
A rivalry ensued between Cowell and Lovato last season but it was apparently all for show. Simon acknowledged, “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.”
He went on to say, “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!”
Demi is slated to drop her fourth studio album in May 2013. She released the first single ‘Heart Attack’ in February. The electropop love song uses cardiac arrest as a metaphor for lovesickness.
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