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Demi Lovato to Return to "X Factor"

Nino Munoz/FOX(LOS ANGELES) -- Fox announced on Thursday that Demi Lovato will return as a judge for X Factor when the singing competition returns for season three this fall.

“I am so excited to return as a judge and mentor on The X Factor,” Lovato said.  “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!” she added.

Lovato was a popular well received first-time judge during season two.  Fans loved her blunt criticism and willingness to fight back with fellow judge Simon Cowell.

Cowell is also excited that Lovato is back in her judges chair, adding, "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.”

Lovato is expected to announce a tour in support of her upcoming album, due for release later this year.  The first single, "Heart Attack," is out now.

Britney Spears announced earlier this year that she won't be returning to X Factor, along with veteran judge L.A. Reid, who left last year.  No replacements have been announced yet.

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