Demi Lovato Returning to The X Factor for Season 3

Entertainment Mar. 28, 2013 AT 2:15PM
Demi Lovato Will Return to Judges' Panel for Season Three of THE X FACTOR. Demi Lovato Will Return to Judges' Panel for Season Three of THE X FACTOR. Credit: Ray Mickshaw / FOX

Demi Lovato is coming back for more! The 20-year-old "Heart Attack" singer will return for The X Factor's third season, FOX announced on Thursday, March 28.

"I am so excited to return as a judge and mentor on The X Factor," Lovato tells Us Weekly in a statement. "Last season was an unbelievable experience and I really enjoyed developing personal relationships with the contestants and the panel. I look forward to taking my previous experience and applying it to make this season even better!"

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Lovato joined the series in its second season with Britney Spears, replacing former judges Nicole Scherzinger and Paula Abdul. Spears, 31, announced her exit in January 2013, while veteran judge L.A. Reid bowed out in December 2012. Creator Simon Cowell will also return for the show's third season.

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"I couldn't be happier that Demi wants to come back this year," Cowell, 54, says. "She's a superstar in her own right and was a fantastic mentor last year. 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!"

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Country singer Tate Stevens was crowned winner of The X Factor's second session; the "Power of a Love Song" singer was mentored by Reid and awarded a recording contract, in addition to other prizes. Lovato mentored the young adults, while Cowell oversaw the groups and Spears mentored the teens.

Auditions for The X Factor's third season kick off in New Orleans on Apr. 14, followed by stops in Long Island, New York, on April 25 and Denver on May 15. Registration for each audition begins two days prior to the event.

Tell Us: Are you excited to see Demi Lovato return for another season of The X Factor?

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