More pix HERE! Demi Lovato is closing a deal to join Britney Spears in the seats vacated by Nicole Scherzinger and Paula Abdul on The X-Factor, reports THR. The deal is not yet done and could fall apart, but sources say Lovato’s team is in final negotiations for the job.
THR had previously heard that the final judge would be a brunette. More important, 19-year-old Lovato would bring with her a younger audience. Lovato, like former teen star Spears, has seen her share of tabloid headlines, which could spur tune-ins for curiosity’s sake.
Two years after Lovato released her debut album, 2008’s Don’t Forget, she checked herself into an Illinois rehabilitation center for physical and emotional issues stemming from bulimia and self-injury. She was released in Jan. 2011.
Reps for Fox and Lovato would not comment and a spokesperson for the show refused to confirm talks, though there’s a good chance Cowell and crew are planning to make an X Factor-related announcement at the Fox upfront event for ad buyers May 14. Auditions with the new judges in place are scheduled to begin at the end of the month.
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