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Britney Spears, Demi Lovato confirmed as new 'X Factor' USA judges

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Britney Spears and Demi Lovato are to join the judging panel of The X Factor USA, it has been confirmed.

Spears, who posted a picture of the new lineup shortly before the announcement, and Lovato will join Simon Cowell and LA Reid on the show following the departures of Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger.

X Factor USA judges Britney Spears, Simon Cowell, Demi Lovato and LA Reid

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Speaking at the Fox Upfronts in New York City, Spears said: "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 LA better watch out!"

Lovato added: "I'm so thrilled to join this legendary group of judges. To be able to spend each week with Simon, LA and Britney watching the best that America has to offer is truly a dream come true."

Watch the full X Factor USA presentation below:



Cowell commented: "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."

Britney Spears

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US singer Demi Lovato

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Mike Darnell, Fox's President of Alternative Entertainment, 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!"

Spears has reportedly signed a $15 million deal (£9.3m) for one season.

The 'Gimme More' popstar has been heavily tipped for the role for a long time, but when spotted walking with fiancé Jason Trawick in New York on Sunday, the popstar refused to answer any questions about The X Factor.

Britain's Got Talent 2012: Simon Cowell

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The X Factor USA Premiere: L.A Reid

© PA Images / Chris Pizzello/AP



The X Factor USA will return to Fox later this year, with initial auditions already taking place.

Watch the video for Britney Spears's 'Till The World Ends' below:

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