Britney, Demi Lovato join 'X Factor' as Fox shuffles schedule
May 14th, 2012
05:04 PM ET

Britney, Demi Lovato join 'X Factor' as Fox shuffles schedule

Fox is adding three new shows and two familiar faces to its schedule this fall. As expected, Demi Lovato and Britney Spears will join "X Factor's" judges' table, taking the spots left vacant by season 1 judges Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger.

Both pop stars said in a statement that they're "excited" and "thrilled" with their new gigs, as is Simon Cowell. (We, on the other hand, are "thrilled" the endless speculation about who would judge can now be put to rest.)

“I'm absolutely delighted Britney and Demi are joining us,” he said in a statement. “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.'"

And as for Lovato, "Demi's had an amazing career in music, TV and film for someone her age," Cowell said of the 19-year-old star. "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.”

The "X Factor" will air Wednesdays and Thursdays starting at 8 p.m. ET this fall, with "American Idol" taking over the timeslot in the midseason.

Gleeks will also have to switch up their DVR schedule to catch the McKinley High crew on Thursdays instead of Tuesdays in the fall, and they can expect Sarah Jessica Parker and Kate Hudson to make guest appearances next season.

For the midseason, Fox is planning to roll out a thriller from Kevin Williamson called "The Following," which centers on a former FBI agent (played by Kevin Bacon) who's called back to the job to track down a serial killer on the loose.

There'll also be a comedy called "The Goodwin Games" starring Scott Foley ("Grey's Anatomy, "Felicity") as the oldest of three adult siblings who return home ready to inherit their father's fortune after his passing - which they'll only receive if they follow his specific challenges.

Check out Fox's fall 2012 schedule below, with all times being eastern and new shows in bold:


8:00-9:00 p.m. - "Bones"

9:00-10:00 p.m. - "The Mob Doctor," a drama featuring Jordana Spiro as a surgeon who's trying to balance her flourishing career and her family's debt to the mob.



8:00-8:30 p.m. - "Raising Hope"

8:30-9:00 p.m.  - "Ben and Kate," an odd couple comedy about an overachieving single mom (Dakota Johnson) and her irresponsible, kid-at-heart older brother (Nat Faxon).


9:00-9:30 p.m. - "New Girl"

9:30-10:00 p.m. -  "The Mindy Project," a new comedy from "The Office's" Mindy Kaling that sees the actress/writer/producer star as an OB/GYN balancing her professional and personal life as she searches for her "perfect romantic comedy ending."



8:00-10:00 p.m. - "The X Factor"


8:00-9:00 p.m. - "The X Factor" results show

9:00-10:00 p.m. - "Glee"


8:00-9:00 p.m. - "Touch"

9:00-10:00 p.m. - "Fringe"


7:00-10:30 p.m. - Fox Sports Saturday


7:00-7:30 p.m. - NFL Game

7:30-8:00 p.m. -  The O.T.

8:00-8:30 p.m. - "The Simpsons"

8:30-9:00 p.m. - "Bob's Burgers"

9:00-9:30 p.m. - "Family Guy"

9:30-10:00 p.m. - "American Dad"

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  3. dilansanz

    look demi lavato gets burned on xfactor premier really funny

    Thats really funny

    September 9, 2012 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
  4. lucy

    All of yall just need to leave britney demi simon and miley alone. yall r just jealous becuase they r better than all u losers. dont yall have something better to do than to just talk bad about them. u knw what i think simon did a good choice picking demi and britney they r both beatiful and talented like demi she has and amazing voice i love her songs. britney i think she is so awesome she had alot of promblems but so what everyone does. no ones perfect i think they will do a great job

    September 5, 2012 at 12:50 am | Report abuse |
  5. lucy

    I think demi lovato is an amazing singer i knw she will do a great job being a judge everybody just needs to leave her alone everyone makes mistakes. luv ya demi keep ur head up dont let anyone bring u down

    September 5, 2012 at 12:27 am | Report abuse |
  6. Allison

    Haters need to GTFO and stop picking on Demi and Brit. They are both amazingly talented and have albums that are hits along with singles. They both have experience and I think they were great picks for being judges on X-Factor. Just because Demi and Brit both hit rough spots in their career and had points where they were both at their lowest. But they got over it. And so what Demi used to cut?! At least she had the guts to come out about it, get better, and use that to help others. She's still a talented musician. Demi and Brit both made amazing comebacks and put so much hard work into their music. I think they will both be amazing X-Factor judges and I think they will do great!

    May 18, 2012 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
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  8. Who Cares

    "Why would anyone hire a want-a-be singer, a person that can-not sing, could never sing and is never in key when she tries to sing and when she is singing it is lip singing! Why?" How could she tell a singer from a doctor ha ha ha.

    May 16, 2012 at 9:13 am | Report abuse |
  9. AEvangelista

    I guess American Idol should run out and get Selena Gomez and Nick Jonas.

    May 16, 2012 at 3:39 am | Report abuse |
  10. many people with no jobs , going hungry and these idiots: Britney, Howard Stern etc gets pay millinons..

    for being useless and annoying, and disgusting what country!!!

    May 15, 2012 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  11. ArmyGuyDan

    Why do you people watch this drek, I'm tired of more reality shows popping up on tv

    May 15, 2012 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Another Terrible , no talent show from England

      same as American Got Talent ,it was terrible bad last night, that show sucks, Howard Stern, Sharon and the bold man are not needed in this show, they do not give any smart feed back. I couldn't believe how Howard S was saying this show is the greatest show in the world, I ask him compared to what?.. The whole show locks of entertainment, has no point, the contestants were the worse, ever.

      May 15, 2012 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michelle

      Why do you care what people care to watch?

      May 15, 2012 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  12. iBod

    Britney was a winner. Why the F* would they go with Demi? She has had, literally, one single. That's it.

    Oh, forgot....Fox didn't want Cheryl Cole because of her British accent. Pathetic.

    They better get Season 3 right: Keep Britney; Replace Demi; BRING BACK CHERYL COLE, DAMN IT!

    May 15, 2012 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  13. kizi420

    i said it before ill say it again nicole looks like a bearded dragon sunning themself.

    May 15, 2012 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  14. kizi420

    that nicole chick looked like a bearded dragon sunning itself

    May 15, 2012 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |


    May 15, 2012 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • ron'


      May 15, 2012 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • LondonLiz

      Agree completely. Britney could hardly even speak at the Fox Upfronts on Monday. How is she going to give witty, concise comments on a live show? And no way will she spend hours and hours everyday mentoring her contestants. They will have to pay MORE money for someone to do that for her. Paula was the only REAL mentor on last year's show. She is the only one who showed up and staged and choreographed for her charges. Even the X-Factor contestants will tell you that.

      May 17, 2012 at 9:04 am | Report abuse |
  16. mordrud

    I predict halfway into the xfactor season, Simon shoots himself in the chest so they can study his brain to determine the amount of damage from sitting next to 2 ex disney wackos.....

    May 15, 2012 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Rini

    I Q of the judges match the age and talent (or lack thereof) on this 'show'. Have only seen bits as flipping through channels....... and that was enough for me.

    What is Simon thinking !?!?!?!?!?

    May 15, 2012 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Rebbeca

    What a train wreck this show is going to be what is Simon thinking picking these two? Britney,,,,,,maybe but Demi Lavato what could she possibley bring to the table? I would say this is their last season unless they pick new judges.

    May 15, 2012 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  19. mag

    That's great, I love Britney and I'm glad good things are happening for her. I will watch the show just to see her. One of the greatest performers ever, she will be awesome.

    May 15, 2012 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
  20. Kris

    UGH... Say, goodbye, X Factor!!!

    May 15, 2012 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Wowsers

      I agree! I could handle Britney - but Demi Lavato! I'm SO done with watching this now!

      May 15, 2012 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Hen

    They could have the "Three Stooges" as judges, and I still wouldn't watch this version of the "Gong Show."

    May 15, 2012 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  22. Dave

    Bwahahahahahahahahahaha. Snort. Two talentless annoyances, hahahahahahaha, auto-tuners, snicker. Hahahahaha. these two, no clue, hahahahahahahaqhaha.

    May 15, 2012 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |

      It was a joke to watch this show, nothing new, the new judge that idiot , ugly looking man Howard is just mediocre, after 10 minutes of watching this talentless, boring show I had to change channels. It is tasteless and boring.

      May 15, 2012 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  23. kiki d

    Oh please. I can't imagine what either of these two kids is going to bring to the show. Demi is way too young to mentor anyone. I can't imagine anyone truly respecting her, though she does seem to be talented. As for Britney, I have never understood the fuss, especially when comparing to her contemporaries (Justin and Christina). She is a mediocre singer that relies heavily on being autotuned. That's not talent. Still not sure why they got rid of Paula, she may be a kook but she had experience. Nicole was fairly useless so I had hoped that they would at least replace them with some more seasoned and expereinced artists or executives.

    May 15, 2012 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
    • I agree,two girls with no talent and no common sense.....

      I wonder who is making a decision when choosing a judge with millions of dollars salary, it is an insult to our intelligence. No wonder the cable bills goes up all the time, because useless shows like American Got Talent, an X Factor are a boring shows, last night I watched AGT and I couldn’t believe the new judge Howard S . was saying to the contestants, hey you are great, when they were not, for instance a father/daughter singing, the girl was ok but the father was really bed. What a joke. Waste of money and time.

      May 15, 2012 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
  24. Cat222

    Crazy ass Britney and who in the hell is Demi....when will "The Voice" come back on

    May 15, 2012 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Demi Lovato and Britney Spears , who are these two women?

      Is Britney the crazy woman who was showing her private parts and wearing a pink wig not too long ago? . I never heard of Demi wom???- Simon that jerk, is for a long boring ride with his show, I only watched this show once and it was enough for me. Please, people have more class and creativity, make interesting shows for us to keep watching.

      May 15, 2012 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
  25. Cat222

    Crazy-ass Britney and who in the hell is Demi....when will the "The Voice" come back on?

    May 15, 2012 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
  26. Charlie C

    I can't stand any of these ho3s

    May 15, 2012 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
  27. Ansley

    Both of them have been in TV and Movies. They both can sing despite of what people say. You guys are all dogging on them, so can you do any better?? Do you guys have albums out or have been in the credits of movies?? No?? Didnt think so. So why are you guys thinking that they dont have talent and they shouldnt be on the show. They are in this industry for a reason and now they are on the show. So suck it up. Cry me a river, build a bridge, and GET OVER IT!!!

    May 15, 2012 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
  28. humberto

    A FBI agent is missing with a weapon belonging to the FBI and they can't find either one of them. Now thats real good.

    May 15, 2012 at 9:04 am | Report abuse |
  29. Ugh

    These two jokes are going to be judges on a talent show? They have absolutly no talents of their own, what gives them the right to judge anyone?!? Contestants on the show, beware. Keep the blow away fom Demi and watch out for her left hook. When Brittany in exiting any car/limo, do not stand directly in front of her and avert your eyes. If you see her muff your retinas will get herpes.

    May 15, 2012 at 9:02 am | Report abuse |
  30. erich2112x

    Will the contestants be allowed to lip sync, since Britney and Demi are judging?

    May 15, 2012 at 8:58 am | Report abuse |
  31. Curt

    Seriously?!?! Britney lip syncs and Demi Lovato is just Awful!!! How about seasoned performers who actually have talent and experience?!

    May 15, 2012 at 8:54 am | Report abuse |
  32. Angela

    LOVE IT!!! I'll be watching!

    May 15, 2012 at 8:50 am | Report abuse |
  33. mctampa

    Britney, really, I guess the stock for wrigleys gum will go sky high now. Cowell, biggest mistake ever.

    May 15, 2012 at 8:39 am | Report abuse |
  34. Coolbreeze

    DEMI. LOVATO?! She's a cow and a mental MESS. It would have been somewhat acceptable if she was at least nice to look at. She is a nobody, has no talent and she's f'ed in the head. This is the most pathetic judge panel on any music talent show EVER!

    May 15, 2012 at 8:13 am | Report abuse |
    • lola

      so anyone who has had some issues is a mental mess?? she knew she needed help and got help which is to be applauded. she is doing much better now. i think she is a great choice on simons part. she has an amazing voice...a great actress...and a role model to girls everywhere. way better than the other choice which was miley cyrus.

      May 15, 2012 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  35. 2dhighest


    May 15, 2012 at 7:33 am | Report abuse |
  36. Peggy Smith

    I'm surprised that Simon has hired these two – I'm thinking that X Factor's ratings will continue to go down. Not good judging choices on his part. I'd rather he kept Nicole and Paula. Britney and Demi are too young and irrelevant. The only kind of music they will like is pop - stuff designed for the under 21 set..

    May 15, 2012 at 5:50 am | Report abuse |
    • kim

      You don't make any since. Britney young and irrelevant? She's a 30 year old women and has been relevant in the industry for more than 14 years. Paula is a has been and Nicole is a never was. Britney has achieved 10x more success than both of them combined.

      May 15, 2012 at 9:10 am | Report abuse |
  37. Lucy

    I like Britney and Demi but I don't think they were the best choice. Both have recent mental health issues. Will they be reliable? Paula and Nicole should of just stayed.

    May 15, 2012 at 4:00 am | Report abuse |
  38. Anton

    Demi Moore. The show should be awesome.

    May 15, 2012 at 1:39 am | Report abuse |
    • digikatt

      its not demi moore... its demi lovato

      May 15, 2012 at 2:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Bot

      Having Demi Moore and Britney Spears on the show will be like watching Charlie Angels: Full Throttle! I can't wait to watch!!!!

      May 15, 2012 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
  39. Bookenz

    I'll still watch the show, but I was hoping the second female would have been someone more mature like Madonna or Bette Midler.

    May 15, 2012 at 1:13 am | Report abuse |
    • JellyBean@Bookenz

      I second that. Bette Midler would have been an excellent choice.

      May 15, 2012 at 7:45 am | Report abuse |
  40. John milner

    Id rather watch milk curdle or paint peel. ABSOLUTE GARBAGE, NEXT!

    May 15, 2012 at 12:50 am | Report abuse |
  41. CiscoKid

    Well, they can't be any worse than the 3 bozo judges over on Idol. At least these 2 have some actual talent and easy on the eyes. Tyler over on Idol looks like my dead 89 year old grandma.

    May 15, 2012 at 12:43 am | Report abuse |
  42. Jessica McLane

    I think Demi is a good choice because she'll be able to connect with the younger audience better. As for Brittney, say what you want, but she had a very successful career in show business. I know Brittney may not have the best vocals, but she is a great performer, and that's all that matters. And as for Demi, if you bother to listen to some of her songs, you will realize that she is actually has an amazing voice. Oh, and they're both beautiful. That helps.

    May 14, 2012 at 11:10 pm | Report abuse |
  43. John

    I actually think this is a great choice. Whether you like or hate her, you can't deny that Britney's got the X Factor, since she's been in the music business for a long time and is one of the biggest pop stars on the planet right now, while Demi, although still new herself, is a great singer and therefore can connect with the younger viewers in ways that the other judges can't.

    May 14, 2012 at 10:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brad

      This is Britney saying 'Okay, I had my turn. I'm done. Next!' Say what you want but at least she knows when the fat lady has sung.

      May 14, 2012 at 11:01 pm | Report abuse |
  44. Big Britney Fan

    I cannot wait! I love Britney!

    May 14, 2012 at 10:41 pm | Report abuse |
  45. a1016neo

    I'm not much of a Britney fan, but to be in this fickle industry for over 14 years and still be relevant says something. She must be doing something right. Like it or not, Britney has made a profound impact in pop culture. She was never known for her "singing," but more for her stage presence and dancing, though she has lost most of her dancing skills since she was younger. She is certainly qualified to judge this show because the X Factor isn't about singing but whether you have the "X Factor," which Britney certainly does.

    May 14, 2012 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse |
  46. howard johnson

    Its so funny to watch dumb blondes trying to dance. It just looks like they are doing cheers for cheerleader tryouts. Or they try and act like ghetto s l u t y blk women with huge fat ugly crater size butts...

    May 14, 2012 at 9:48 pm | Report abuse |
  47. goo

    Ugghh!! Can't believe Nicole is gone. Britney is the reason NOT to watch this year.

    May 14, 2012 at 8:50 pm | Report abuse |
  48. tom

    A bad show, just got worse.

    May 14, 2012 at 8:45 pm | Report abuse |
  49. nickp91

    So Britney Spears as a new X-Factor judge? That's who I'd want judging my talent, she makes such good choices!!

    May 14, 2012 at 8:30 pm | Report abuse |
  50. Mammy

    Simon blew me this morning.

    May 14, 2012 at 8:22 pm | Report abuse |
  51. Keksi

    Britney and Demi are both Illuminati controlled puppets,both had mental breakdowns,dual personality..sign of programming.

    May 14, 2012 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse |
  52. Tomson

    When did the show the show turned into lip syncing contest? <..>

    May 14, 2012 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
  53. lolarites

    You could have Jesus H. Christ as a judge on there and I still wouldn't watch that rigged show.

    May 14, 2012 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
  54. giallo

    I liked Paula. Maybe Simon should look at himself. Next season he will replace Brittany and Demi. He thought he was the star of American Idol. He wanted to get better ratings on x-factor so he could be the star. No one else matters. He is desperate to prove he didn't make a mistake by leaving American Idol and telling everyone that his new show would get way more viewers than it did.

    May 14, 2012 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
  55. LC

    Demi is hot! The young men will watch just to look at her. Ratings going up. Lmao

    May 14, 2012 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
  56. Dee dee

    The show is a joke. To choose spears and lavado just shows that the show has no care for actual talented and experienced people to judge. All about popularity and ratings. How can any contestant possibly go on a show to hear Britney Spears of all people tell them that they cant sing?? Gtfoh!

    May 14, 2012 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
  57. multiple miggs

    i think brit was a great choice and i cant wait to see what she brings to the show this year, as for demi well im not too keen on that and am not sure how that will pan out. We shall see. Im super excited for the show to start this year. love the X-Factor!

    May 14, 2012 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
  58. Randy

    Britney Spears has no talent and this show has become a total joke

    May 14, 2012 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Al

      End of the show for me, who wants to see this blonde has been? Maybe she will steal some nice jewlery for the show.

      May 14, 2012 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • truebob

      If she had "no talent" we would have never heard of her. I've never heard of you, though.

      May 14, 2012 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse |
  59. old guy

    Britney's fat now, right?

    May 14, 2012 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • terri pinkston

      Because that is such a relevant statement. She just had a baby.

      May 14, 2012 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |
  60. amnesia

    Ah! X Factor! Who won the last dang show again?!

    May 14, 2012 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
  61. Simon Coward

    Give us back Paula. Loved her strung out behavior

    May 14, 2012 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
  62. everyone desrves a 2nd chance

    All of you are cruel.

    May 14, 2012 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
  63. ericwhyte

    So I guess this show has nothing to do with singing, right? It must be all about lip syncing and doing dance routines. I know Brit can show them the proper use of voice synth and vocal harmonizers.

    May 14, 2012 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
  64. Dave

    Looks like there were no talented people available so they got stuck with these two. Tsk, tsk.

    May 14, 2012 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
  65. Diamond Dave

    I don't know what a lovato is, kind of sounds like something that's treated at the free clinic, but spears' cans are going to be nice to see. It look like the other one uses a push up bra.

    May 14, 2012 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Poolchick

      Uhhh, the other is 19. No push up bra needed when you are that young.

      May 14, 2012 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
  66. Dan

    So... they are getting Demi and Britney. Is this like a stealth celebrity rehab spin off.

    May 14, 2012 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
  67. Silly Baggers!

    Demi? Did anyone tell Simon that she is a cutter?

    May 14, 2012 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • lola

      that is uncalled for. so what if she used to cut? she is still an amazing singer. in my opinion she is way better than the other choice...which was miley. demi is an amazing choice...she is someone girls can look up to. she knew she needed help and she got it. she didnt hide the fact she went into treatment. she is showing girls...people...everywhere that it is ok to ask for help. plus...unlike nicole and britney, when demi sings live she sounds amazing.

      May 15, 2012 at 1:34 am | Report abuse |
  68. EatYouAlive

    I wonder if they both shave everything still.

    May 14, 2012 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
  69. 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!

    May 14, 2012 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |

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