Britney Spears & Demi Lovato Join L.A. Reid & Simon Cowell On “The X Factor” Judges’ Panel

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May 14th, 2012

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GLOBAL POP ICON BRITNEY SPEARS

AND MULTI-TALENTED ARTIST DEMI LOVATO

JOIN L.A. REID AND SIMON COWELL ON “The X Factor” 

JUDGES’ PANEL

 

Singers and Vocal Groups Ages 12 and Over Eligible to Audition

For Chance to Win a $5 Million Syco/Sony Music Recording Contract

 

Multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winning worldwide pop icon Britney Spears and singer, songwriter and actress Demi Lovato will join L.A. Reid and Simon Cowell as judges on The X Factor, the hit singing competition series returning this fall on FOX.

 

Spears is one of the most successful and celebrated entertainers in pop history. Her musical career boasts nearly 100 million albums sold worldwide and countless awards and accolades, including the 2011 MTV Video Vanguard Award and Billboard’s Best-Selling Female Artist of the Decade (1998-2008). Spears first captivated audiences with her first single “…Baby One More Time,” an international hit that is currently 14x Platinum in the U.S. So far, Spears has earned a total of five No.1 debut albums and 24 Top 40 songs in her career.

 

Lovato is an accomplished singer and actress with a devoted and engaged young fan base. Her single, “Skyscraper,” off of her most recent album, “Unbroken,” recently went platinum, while the video for her new single, “Give Your Heart a Break,” already has garnered 10 million YouTube views. Her first album, “Don't Forget,” debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 chart and her second album, “Here We Go Again,” debuted at No. 1. Lovato began acting at the age of 10, and starred in the cable television series, “Sonny with a Chance.” Her film credits include “Camp Rock” and “Princess Protection Program.”

 

“I'm absolutely delighted Britney and Demi are joining us,” said Simon Cowell. “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.”

 

Spears added, “I couldn't be more excited to join The X Factor judging panel. I'm a huge fan of the show and now I get to be a part of the action. Simon and L.A. better watch out!”

 

“I'm so thrilled to join this legendary group of judges on The X Factor,” said Lovato. “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.”

 

Mike Darnell, President of Alternative Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company, noted, “Britney is an unparalleled superstar. Her success in the music industry over the last two decades makes her a perfect fit for THE X FACTOR judging panel.  Demi has mass appeal and is beloved by her fans around the world. We are incredibly lucky to have them on board and we know they will bring so much excitement to the judging table for Season Two!”

 

“Britney Spears has done it all – she is the ultimate pop icon – and I am thrilled that she has agreed to join THE X FACTOR,” said executive producer Cecile Frot-Coutaz. “Nobody embodies THE X FACTOR more than Britney – she has shown the world what it means, how to do it and how to sustain it! Demi, like Britney, was discovered at a young age. Her ambition and drive solidifies her as one of the most popular young artists today. Now they will each get a chance to share their experiences and skills with the acts that they will mentor on THE X FACTOR.”

 

In its first season on FOX, THE X FACTOR shot to the top of the ratings as the No. 1 unscripted series of the fall and currently ranks as a Top 10 series among Adults 18-49 and the No. 1 new series among Women 18-49.

 

THE X FACTOR is searching for undiscovered talent 12 years old or over – both solo artists and vocal groups – who are willing to brave the panel for a chance to win a $5 million recording contract with Syco/Sony Music. Interested solo artists and vocal groups should sign up now for audition information at www.fox.com/theXfactor.

 

In a departure from other singing competition series, the first time contestants audition for THE X FACTOR judges, they will do so in front of an audience of thousands – raising the stakes and increasing the pressure to impress not only the judges, but also a potential legion of fans. This will be the ultimate test to prove they have the vocal ability, charisma and stage presence that it takes to win an unprecedented $5 million recording contract with Syco/Sony Music.

 

THE X FACTOR was created by Syco Television and is produced by Syco Television and FremantleMedia North America. Rob Wade and Siobhan Greene are executive producers for Syco Television. Cecile Frot-Coutaz, Richard Holloway and Andrew Llinares serve as executive producers for FremantleMedia North America.

 

About Britney Spears

In a little more than a decade, Britney Spears has sold nearly 100 million records worldwide, making her the fourth best-selling female artist ever in America. Born in Mississippi and raised in Louisiana, Spears became a household name as a teenager when she released her first single “…Baby One More Time.”  Her recently released album, “Femme Fatale,” includes the No.1 hit “Hold it Against Me,” and additional hits “Till the World Ends,” “I Wanna Go” and “Criminal.” “Femme Fatale” is her seventh studio album since her 1999 debut album, “…Baby One More Time,” which broke sales records selling over 27 million copies worldwide and established Britney as a prominent figure in popular music and culture. Spears also recorded high-grossing albums “Oops!.I Did It Again”; “Britney”; “Blackout”; and “Circus.” An artist so beloved that she inspired her own episode of Glee, Spears began crafting her most recent album, “Femme Fatale,” while on the road for “The Circus Starring Britney Spears” tour. The tour grossed more than $130 million to become the fifth highest grossing tour ever by a female. Spears has been nominated for eight Grammy Awards and won for Best Dance Recording in 2005.

 

About Demi Lovato

Singer and actress Demi Lovato started in show business as a pre-teen and rose quickly. By the time she was 15, she was a bona fide TV star cultivating a promising singing career. In the late 2000s, while maintaining a rigorous TV and film shooting schedule, Lovato released two massively successful solo albums, “Don’t Forget” (2008) and “Here We Go Again” (2009); the former debuted at No. 2, the latter at No. 1.

 

She recently hit the studio with an all-star list of collaborators, including Timbaland, Jason Derulo, Ryan Tedder and Missy Elliot on her 2011 album "Unbroken." The first single, “Skyscraper,” debuted at No. 1 on iTunes’ chart and recently went Platinum. Lovato’s new single, “Give Your Heart a Break,” is cruising up the Top 40 radio charts, while the music video has reached over 10 million YouTube views, as she has some of the most engaged fans in the business. Earlier this year, Demi accepted the People's Choice Award for Favorite Pop Artist, an award chosen solely by the fans. This summer, she will embark on a 21-date U.S. tour.

 

THE X FACTOR

THE X FACTOR launched in the U.S. in Sept. 2011 on FOX, immediately becoming the No. 1 unscripted show this fall. It was FOX’s highest-rated Wednesday night premiere in 13 years among Adults 18-49. The show averaged a 4.3/12 among Adults 18-49, and averaged 12.6 million viewers. THE X FACTOR significantly improved FOX’s year-over-year time period performance on Wednesday and Thursday nights among Adults 18-49 by +52% and+40% respectively. Local versions of “The X Factor” are now produced in more than 40 territories and the U.S. version of THE X FACTOR airs in over 162 countries. Artists discovered by “The X Factor” format have sold more than 100 million records worldwide, including 110 No. 1, 270 Top 10 and 501 Top 50 releases.  THE X FACTOR was created by Syco Television and is produced by Syco Television and FremantleMedia North America. Rob Wade and Siobhan Greene are executive producers for Syco Television. Cecile Frot-Coutaz, Richard Holloway and Andrew Llinares serve as executive producers for FremantleMedia North America.

 
  • Joey

    Hmmm… this should be interesting…

  • Ultima

    Will Britney be enough to catapult The X Factor in front of American Idol?

  • rob60990

    I think there will be a lot of curiosity with Britney but I can’t see it lasting long.

  • SherLOCKED (The Mighty Cringe)

    I am lovin’ this!

    The Voice and X-Factor will be duke-ing it out this fall for the better ratings!

    GOOOO THE VOICE!

  • Jennifer

    Demi is way too young. She has acted a bit and released three albums! I don’t like the Britney choice but at least she has more experience!

  • hubertwentland5

    Hmm, britney should be hired to do some comedy work. I mean, she was good few years back in how i met your mother and increased the ratings a lot. she should help other shows ;)

  • j

    She also helped Glee.

    Though I hope she doesn’t fulfill the Paula Abdul role of seeming to always be on some drugs given the incoherence of her statements. Or, you know, the way Brit was on her own sucky reality show.

  • Jay

    Britney is a great choice and an amazing ‘get’ for the show. She embodies what it is to have the “X factor”. As far as Demi goes… I guess this is their shot at the young crowd. She’s part of that group of performers who trends on Twitter at the drop of a dime so she’ll be an asset to the show from that perspective

  • jess

    people can say what they want about her talent, but britney spears HAS the x factor and has been hugely successful for over a decade. this will be great for the ratings.

  • Bee

    compared to last year’s ratings, demi won’t help rise much. these young stars like demi, justin bieber, miranda crossgrove, etc guest star on shows and those never get boosts. but britney definitely will help. after a while though, the ratings will come back down to earth if the show is still annoying and the talent still medicore.

  • Jason

    I can’t wait, honestly. :D

  • CP

    lol look who’s desperate.

  • Dan

    The flop-factor

  • saroru

    They should have choosen Hilary Duff instead of Demi Lovato, she is like Demi x 10 and the firstl Disney Channel Worldwide Star…-Lovato is barely a no one…

  • boogke

    Demi Lovato Baaaaaad choice

  • Fischer

    GO X FACTOR!!! sorry, but The Voice is almost unwatchable. Talk about lame winners too…. Also season 1 winner FLOPPED bad.

  • Marcos

    F%$# I wanted LeAnn Rimes not Demi Lovato. I hope it flops real hard. go The voice, go Xtina!!

  • Leoben Conoy

    Wow wow wow

    give me a freakin’ break!!

    Demi Lovato????????

    what is she? like 17??

    what a crock of crap

  • Clare

    Demi Lovato is too young, she’s only 19. They should of hired Janet instead, now Britney and Janet together would bring amazing ratings in!

  • nickp

    There has still been no word yet as to who will replace Jones as the host of the show.

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