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demi lovato quitting x factor

Demi Lovato has decided after two season to walk away from 'The X Factor' in order to spend 2014 focusing on her music.

The 'Made in the USA' singer confirmed the report during Wednesday's 'X Factor,' "I started this show being a singer and a musician, and it's time that I go back to that.  I'm so excited for 2014 because I'm going to dedicate it completely and totally to music."

Not long ago she voiced her desire to return to her roots.  She acknowledged, "I think ultimately my main thing is singing.  Maybe movies once in a while, if the right role comes along."

The 21-year-old will kick off her first arena tour in Vancouver on February 9 with Cher Lloyd, Little Mix and Fifth Harmony.  In addition, she has a tell-all book in the works.

Her first order of business will be a stint at R & R, "I will take the month of January completely off!  I want to vacation!  I want to watch crime shows on my DVR on my couch ... I need to do some exercising and I don't really have time to do it.  I love horseback riding and never get to do that stuff, but January is my time to do all of that."

Simon Cowell is already negotiating a replacement, "There is somebody in mind who we've wanted for a while for this show that has suddenly become available.  He's larger than life and would be spectacular."    Justin Timberlake, perhaps?

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charlotte church disses simon cowells x factor uk

Welch singer-songwriter Charlotte Church turned down an opportunity to become a judge during season 10 of X Factor UK.

The 27-year-old classical and pop entertainer tweeted, "I got asked to do the X Factor job.  I'd rather poke my eyes out with sticks than be a part of the machine that kills music."

Church revealed, "I had a meeting to ask about the level of involvement in the creative process I could have, and they basically said none unless it was in line with what was required ... I wanted to see just how hard-line it was.  I found my answer and politely declined."

Not long after she spoke out, a member of the X Factor organization indicated the show's producers found Church "boring" and claim "she was never high on the priority list as there were far bigger names producers were looking at."

Slated to appear this fall as judges for season 10: Gary Barlow, Nicole Scherzinger and Sharon Osbourne.  Show creator, Simon Cowell, will appear on the live shows via satellite link from Los Angeles - where he will be judging the U.S. version of X Factor.

The award-winning singer has sold 10 million records worldwide and will release a new album, 'THREE,' on August 19, 2013.

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x factor season 3 judges panel first photo

The 'X Factor' season 3 auditions are underway and we're got the first photo of the judging panelists who will decide the fate of a new group of talent.

Simon Cowell will be the lone male at the table with Latin singer Paulina Rubio, returning judge Demi Lovato, and former Destiny's Child performer Kelly Rowland rounding out the lopsided mix.

Cowell kicked things off by telling those assembled at North Charleston Coliseum, "Is it a coincidence that when I arrive everything gets better?"

Producer auditions were held over the past three months and now it is the judges turn to scrutinize the wannabes.  The first venue is a two-day event in South Carolina that began on Tuesday.

From there the judges will travel to New Orleans June 11-12, Long Island June 19-21, Denver June 30-July 2 and Los Angeles July 10-12 to take a second look at performers who stood out during the producers round.

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demi lovato returning to x factor

'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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khloe kardashian out after one season of x factor

According to the New York Post, reality celeb Khloe Kardashian will not be returning for a second season of 'X Factor'.

The publication quoted an insider who claims, "They are asking Mario Lopez to come back, but not Khloe."

One prominent website mockingly speculated that the "awkward" pair were secretly being paid off by rival singing show 'The Voice' to foul the water.

Last month FOX exec. Mike Darnell gave a decidedly weak response when asked to critique the season's X Factor hosts.

The president of Alternative Entertainment for Fox Broadcasting said, "I think the hosts were okay.  I think Mario knows how to be a host.  I think Khloe was new.  And I thought for someone new she did okay.  She never hosted before."

Season three of X Factor premieres in September 2013.  L.A. Reid and Britney Spears have already been dumped.  Under the circumstances, it seems doubtful that Khloe Kardashian will be given a second chance at hosting.  Stay tuned...

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tate stevens signs with cowell label

'The X Factor' Season two champion Tate Stevens has signed a record deal worth $5 million with Syco Music/RCA Records Nashville.

A news release Tuesday reported that the 37-year-old country crooner from Belton, Missouri has relocated in Nashville and is already writing and recording for an untitled album that will be released in the fall on Simon Cowell's record label.

Tate hit Twitter late yesterday with the news, "This is really a dream come true, signed with Syco Music, RCA Nashville.  I am blessed because of you! #tatenation"

The newest 'X Factor' winner began as the lead singer with Outlaw Junkies in 2005.  He moved on in 2008 to form the Tate Stevens Band, a six-man ensemble that has toured extensively in the Midwest.

He auditioned in early 2012 in Kansas City and was selected to go to boot camp where he had to sing for survival.  The entertainer ended up competing as part of the top 24 in the "Over 25s" category and was mentored by L.A. Reid.  He was chosen to be part of his mentor's top four and went on to win the top prize.

Stevens married his high school sweetheart in 1997, and they have a son Hayden and a daughter Rylie.

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britney spears not returning to x factor

After just one decidedly understated season as a celebrity judge on the Fox reality competition 'The X Factor,' Britney Spears has confirmed that she will not be returning.

The pop star released a statement on Friday, "I've made the very difficult decision not to return for another season.  I had an incredible time doing the show and I love the other judges and I am so proud of my teens but it's time for me to get back in the studio.  Watching them all do their thing up on that stage every week made me miss performing so much!"

She ended by saying, "I can't wait to get back out there and do what I love most."

Show creator Simon Cowell gambled when he signed Spears to a $15 million deal, hoping to appeal to a wider viewer base.  Unfortunately Brit wasn't able to muster the required level of enthusiasm during her one season stint and it didn't take execs long to decide it had been a very bad decision indeed.

Don't feel bad for Britney because her empire is secure.  She earned a bundle in 2012, more than any other woman in music with an impressive $58 million from the proceeds of her successful album 'Femme Fatale,' product endorsements, her signature perfume line and the hefty payday for the short-lived X-Factor gig.

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britney spears getting fired from x factor

Is Britney Spears being fired from The X Factor?

Show creator Simon Cowell is reportedly giving Spears the boot after just one season as a judge.

"Britney will get the boot," Us Weekly is reporting. "Producers wanted her for the long haul, but it isn't working."

After paying Spears $15 million to appear on the show, Cowell was reportedly disappointed with her "low energy" performance. "They paid all that for her to say 'amazing' and offer half-claps," an insider tells the magazine.

"He wanted crazy Britney, but he got boring Britney," says a source.

If the rumors are true, Britney will join a long list of departures from the show in just two seasons. Paula Abdul, Nicole Scherzinger, Cheryl Cole, and L.A. Reid have all left the show or been let go.

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With 35 million votes cast, it was 37-year-old country singer Tate Stevens who beat out Carly Rose Sonenclar to win the season two title and a $5 million recording contract.

It seems likely that the third place finishers, girl group Fifth Harmony, and 13-year-old Sonenclar split the youth voting block, leaving the way clear for Stevens to end up on top.

Music exec. L.A. Reid considered it a well-deserved win for the contestant he mentored this season.  He recently announced that he won't be returning as a judge on the X Factor next year.

Check out a video clip of the final minutes below:

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khloe kardashian rocks youthful style

It was a big night on 'X Factor,' with the remaining three acts performing during part-one of the two-night season two finale.

The first big surprise of the evening was co-host Khloe Kardashian wearing a mini Alexander McQueen skirt and Carolina Herrera blouse.  The look was a definite departure for the reality star and more in keeping with what her teen sister Kendall Jenner might rock on the red carpet.

Khloe definitely out-shined judges Britney Spears and Demi Lovato, who were both swaddled from head to toe in black.  Sporting little black dresses were country singer LeAnn Rimes and 'Jersey Shore' celebs Jenni 'JWoww' Farley and Nicole 'Snooki' Polizzi.

x factor ladies in black

Simon Cowell introduced a poignantly moving Sandy Hook Elementary tribute.  The season two top thirteen sang 'You Are Not Alone' as the names of all twenty-seven victims were displayed on three large screens behind the performers.  Earlier this week 'The Voice' caught the attention of the nation with a heartfelt rendition of 'Hallelujah,' see it here.

Which of the top three finalists will win the season two finale tonight: Fifth Harmony, Tate Stevens or Carly Rose Sonenclar?

top three x factor finalists

The action kicks off on FOX at 8/7c ... will you be watching?

Check out the 'X Factor' tribute below:

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