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 People.com, “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.
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.
Lady Gaga arrived in London this Friday night after spending two days in Berlin to host herARTPOP Listening Party. She is set to perform two songs this Sunday on The X Factor, rumored to be her new single ‘Do What U Want’ and ‘Venus’. Many interviews are scheduled too including the UK favorite, The Graham Norton Show, which airs November 8th.
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Popular judge Simon Cowell has confirmed that Lady Gaga will make an appearance on British talent show The X Factor to perform during this series; other artists including Mariah Carey and One Direction will also appear on the show.
Although the date has not been revealed, Lady Gaga is set to perform on a Sunday, as results for the show are announced and aired on that day.
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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!”
Actress and singer Jennifer Love Hewitt is reportedly in talks to become a new judge on the talent show The X-Factor.
Creator and judge Simon Cowell is said to be “very interested” in the star, while former Destiny’s Child star Kelly Rowland, a former judge on the U.K. version of X Factor, and Reba McEntire are also in the running to become judges, according to UsMagazine.com.
Earlier this month, Cowell confirmed that both he and Demi Lovato would be returning for the show’s third season, while Mario Lopez will be back as host.
His sidekick Khloe Kardashian will not return.
America’s Got Talent has a new judge! NBC has announced former Spice Girl Melanie Brown is taking the judge’s spot vacated by Sharon Osbourne. Brown’s fellow judges include Howard Stern and Howie Mandel.
“I’ve known Melanie since she did Dancing with the Stars, and I’ve known her as a performer in The Spice Girls before that,” NBC president of alternative programming Paul Telegdy tells Entertainment Weekly. “To know her is to know a very frank, strong, enduring entertainer. Someone who has a very strong point of view.”
Telegdy says Brown, aka Mel B and Scary Spice, is a good fit because she has past experience with reality TV competitions – in 2011 she appeared as a judge on the Australian version of The X Factor, and last year she served as a guest judge on The X Factor UK. “We needed somebody who was qualified for the job. She’s an amazing singer, dancer and a huge personality. The contestants will get a lot of constructive feedback from her and I can’t wait to see her chemistry with Howard and Howie,” he says.
Osbourne broke her contract with America’s Got Talent last summer after accusing NBC of unfairly firing her son Jack Osbourne from a reality show because of his MS diagnosis. “It’s discrimination, and it was badly handled,” she said at the time.
“They can’t make me do something I don’t want to do,” Osbourne said of breaking her contract. “All they can do is stop me from being a judge on another network for five years.”
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.”
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’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.