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Demi Lovato Leaving The X Factor

  Singer/actress Demi Lovato is set to step down as a judge on hit reality show The X Factor next year to focus on her music, according to a report.
The Skyscraper singer will wrap up her second season on the talent competition’s judging panel, alongside Simon Cowell, Kelly Rowland and Paulina Rubio, following its two-part finale this week – and she won’t be back.
A source tells, “She plans to spend next year completely focused on her music. She had a great run and a good time.”
Lovato will embark on her first arena tour in February, and will be joined by The X Factor alums Cher Lloyd, Little Mix and Fifth Harmony for the trek.
Show creator Cowell has announced The X Factor will return to TV screens for its fourth season in 2014, although it is not yet known whether he, Rowland or Rubio will be heading back as judges.

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X Factor’s Simon Cowell: ‘I Think I’ll Be a Good Dad’

My number one fear is being bored,” says Simon Cowell. “I’d rather jump off a bridge than retire and play golf.” With the third season of The X Factor under way, a booming music and television company to look after and a baby due this winter, Cowell’s competitive spirit keeps him anything but blasé.

Cowell spoke to Parade about fatherhood, his favorite X-Factor and Idol judges, and what he was like as a kid.

Here are the highlights:

What are you most looking forward to about fatherhood?
I’m not brilliant with babies. I never know what to do. But [once he’s older] I think I’ll be a good dad in terms of advice. And then I’ll get to do all the things I want to do, like go to Disneyland or Universal Studios, teach him how to drive—I love all that.
What kind of music will you play for him?
He’ll listen to whatever I listen to and make his own choices. It’s funny—my mom played Frank Sinatra when I was a kid, and because he was her choice, I used to hate it; but I love Sinatra now. He always looked like he was having fun and he didn’t conform. That’s probably why I’ve got pictures of him all over my house!
What would people be surprised to know about you?
I love animals and cartoons. I pretty much like everything I liked as a kid—the same foods and TV programs. I still watch Scooby-Doo. I never grew up.
You’ve worked alongside many judges over the years. Who’s been the most fun?
Paula [Abdul] and Randy [Jackson] were hilarious on American Idol. We had such a great time in the early years. I like working with Demi [Lovato, on The X Factor]. We bicker, and it’s like having a bratty younger sister, but she’s got a great heart.
When it comes to criticisms, you’re the master. Were you always like that?
I was lippy as a kid. I couldn’t keep my mouth shut. I was always getting into trouble with my parents and in school, finding things funny that shouldn’t be. I couldn’t go to weddings or church because I would just lose it.

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"I Just Can’t Do That," Simon Cowell Rules Out American Idol Comeback

Reality TV talent show boss Simon Cowell has ruled out ever returning to American Idol, revealing at the press conference for the new season of the X Factor USA that he wouldn’t be able to go back to the show.

The media mogul, whose private life has been the centre of attention ever since it was reported that he is going to be a dad, is quoted by E! News as saying:

“I can’t imagine either scenario! I can’t. I just can’t do that. No. Somebody well-known once said to me, ‘Know when to leave the fair.’

“And this [X Factor] is a new generation type of show. It’s got to build. And most importantly, if you make great TV shows, people will watch them. I feel reallycomfortable with the girls and I think this is going to be the best show.”

The media mogul managed to dodge questions about the allegations that he is to become a dad, and also spoke to press about some of the changes that have been made to the season this year which includes Kelly Rowland and Paulina Rubio on the panel who replaced Britney Spears and L.A. Reid.

Revealing that the prize money  for the X Factor USA has decreased from $5 million to $1 million, Simon was keen to insist that the winner of the show this year will still land a recording contract with Sony and will still be “a number one priority”.

Speaking at the Television Critic’s Association event, TV Line reported the media mogul who managed to dodge questions about the rumours of fatherhood, saying:

“[The winner will receive] $1million, still get a recording contract with Sony and become a number one priority.”

Speaking about what the production of the show will look like this season, Rob Wade, executive producer commented to ETOnline:

“We love production and don’t want to lost production on the show, but it’s something you’ll see gradually build up over the weeks.

“This way the contestants’ journey to being – and looking like – a superstar will happen slowly over the weeks now.”

The new season of the show which sees Kelly Rowland and Paulina Rubio appear as judges on the show alongside returning judge Demi Lovato and Simon, will no longer feature boot camp or the judges house round. Instead, the judges will discuss the acts until the correct amount is in each category, according to TV Line.

X Factor: Kelly Rowland And Paulina Rubio Join Simon Cowell And Demi Lovato

X Factor bosses have finally replaced former judges L.A. Reid and Britney Spears. Fox announced Monday that UK X Factor judge Kelly Rowland has joined the American X Factor along with Latin singer Paulina Rubio. The women join Simon Cowell and Demi Lovato.

“It’s taken more than a decade, but I’m delighted to finally be on a panel with three girls (I think!). Paulina and Kelly both have great taste and massive experience in the music industry and together with Demi, this is going to be a fun panel. It just feels like the time to do something different,” Cowell said in a statement.

“I can’t wait to find the next big music star here in America. I’m so thrilled to be part of the show as a judge. Simon, be careful what you wish for, let’s see if you are ready to handle me, empieza la fiesta, amigo!” Rubio said in a statement.

Rowland, 32, said, “I am very excited to be reuniting with Simon Cowell and The X Factor family. It feels great to be able to take this journey here at home in the States!”

Simon Cowell Planning To Expand TV Empire With Culinary Show

Simon Cowell is not letting the lukewarm response to The X Factor hold him back from launching other American versions of his UK shows. According to reports, the British TV mogul hopes to launch a U.S. culinary show just like his upcoming UK series Food, Glorious Food. He is rumored to be in talks with FOX.

An insider says the show will follow a food critic as he or she “travels around the country looking for unique recipes for dishes that would be suitable to be sold in a high-end supermarket store.”

“Simon and Fox are in talks to bring his culinary show to the U.S. in 2014, despite it having not even aired in the UK yet,” the source reveals. “They have full faith in Simon as a television impresario and believe his latest idea will be a resounding success.”

“It’s a pretty easy formula to translate to U.S. audiences, it’s a little bit like Antiques Roadshow meets Top Chef… and Simon believes it could really take off,” the source says.

Cowell, 53, already has several cast ideas in mind. “He likes Adam Richman from Man V. Food, and is also a big fan of Anthony Bourdain,” adds the insider. “We’ll just have to wait and see who he goes with.”

Britney Spears Confirms She Is Quitting The X Factor

Britney Spears has officially left The X Factor. The pop star announced her decision to not return to the show on Friday. Spears said she plans to return to the recording studio.

“I’ve made the very difficult decision not to return for another season. I had an incredible time doing the show and I love the other judges and I am so proud of my teens, but it’s time for me to get back in the studio,” she said in a statement. “Watching them all do their thing up on that stage every week made me miss performing so much! I can’t wait to get back out there and do what I love most.”

The statement came just one day after an insider told People magazine Spears had decided to leave. “She has made the decision that she won’t be returning,” the source told People. “She wants to concentrate on her music.”

Spears and former Disney star Demi Lovato joined Simon Cowell and L.A. Reid at the judge’s table for season 2 after the lukewarm response to season 1 prompted Cowell to axe original judges Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger. Although Spears’ performance as a judge received mixed reviews, her contestant Carly Rose Sonenclar made it to the final 3. Sonenclar finished in second place, losing the $5 million recording contract to Reid’s contestant Tate Stevens. Cowell’s band Fifth Harmony took third place.

There has been no word on whether Lovato will return for another season. Reid announced his departure last month. “I have decided that I will not return to The X Factor next year,” the Epic Records CEO told Access Hollywood. “I have a company to run that I’ve kind of neglected.”

Insider Confirms Britney Spears Has Quit The X Factor

The X Factor is reportedly losing another judge. According to insiders, Britney Spears is departing the reality show after just one turn at the judge’s table. The pop star will spend the next year recording new music and going on tour.

“She has made the decision that she won’t be returning,” a source confirms to People magazine. “She wants to concentrate on her music.”

Spears has not commented.

Although her performance on The X Factor received mixed reviews, one of Spears’ contestants, Carly Rose Sonenclar, made it to the final 3. Sonenclar finished in second place, losing the $5 million recording contract to L.A. Reid’s contestant Tate Stevens. Simon Cowell’s band Fifth Harmony took third place.

News of Spears’ exit comes just a month after L.A. Reid announced he was quitting. “I have decided that I will not return to The X Factor next year,” the Epic Records CEO told Access Hollywood. “I have a company to run that I’ve kind of neglected.”

There has been no word on whether Demi Lovato, who joined the show at the same time as Spears, will return as a judge with Simon Cowell.

Simon Cowell On Carmen Electra: She’s Adorable

Simon Cowell’s relationship with Carmen Electra may not be serious, but the X Factor judge is clearly smitten with her.

“She’s not my girlfriend,” Cowell clarified in a radio interview with Ryan Seacrest on Wednesday.

“We’re people who date,” he said, adding “She’s adorable, isn’t she?”

Cowell, 53, and Electra, 40, were first linked in September when they were spotted out on a date. In November, the former Playboy model gushed about Cowell to Access Hollywood Live. “He’s so cute. He is adorable. He’s actually a sweetheart. The thing is, we worked together on Britain’s Got Talent. I was a guest judge and I had so much fun. I really liked him. I think he’s really cool,” she said.

The casual romance comes after Electra and Cowell’s breakups from their respective fiancés. Electra’s fiancé of 4 years, rocker Robert Patterson, confirmed their split in October, while Cowell ended his 2 year engagement to Mezhgan Hussainy last spring.

LA Reid Quits The X Factor

Just as it looked like Simon Cowell had created a solid judge’s panel for The X Factor, L.A. Reid has decided to quit the show. Reid, who has been a judge since the show debuted in the U.S. last year, says he needs to concentrate on running the record label Epic Records.

“I have decided that I will not return to The X Factor next year,” Reid told Access Hollywood on Thursday night. “I have to go back, and I have a company to run that I’ve kind of neglected, and it saddens me a little bit, but only a little bit.”

“I have a huge responsibility to a roster of artists,” explained Reid, the CEO of Epic. “It’s kind of time for me to stop doing ‘the me’ show and get back to doing ‘the them’ show.”

As for Cowell, Reid told the Hollywood Reporter he has the “utmost respect” for the entertainment mogul. “He is the very best, and I have had the opportunity to learn so much from him. Working with him on X Factor has been a once-in-a-lifetime experience. I’m honored to have sat on the panel with such incredible talent,” he added.

Cowell has not commented on Reid’s announcement.

Reid is the only season 1 judge besides Cowell that returned for a second season. Original judges Nicole Scherzinger and Paula Abdul were let go due to the lukewarm response to the first season. The women were replaced by pop superstar Britney Spears and former Disney star Demi Lovato.