Demi Lovato spent the last two seasons as a judge on FOX’s The X Factor, but according to a new report, she won’t be continuing with the show for its upcoming fourth season, and new talent is already being recruited.
“She plans to spend next year completely focused on her music,” a source told People Magazine in December. “She had a great run and a good time,” says the source. But the show’s demanding schedule conflicts with the singer’s plans for 2014.”
Indeed, Demi did express interest earlier in the year in resuming her focus on music, and possibly taking a small break from her busy schedule. “I think ultimately my main thing is singing,” she said at the time. “Maybe movies once in a while, if the right role comes along.”
“I will take the month of January completely off!” she promised. “I want to vacation! I want to watch crime shows on my DVR on my couch … I need to do some exercising and I don’t really have time to do it. I love horseback riding and never get to do that stuff, but January is my time to do all of that.”
If Demi is truly leaving The X Factor, producers are likely scrabbling to find a replacement before the fourth season is set to begin filming and already, a few names have hit the web as possible choices for the series, one of which is Miley Cyrus.
“I recently met Miley Cyrus, and I really liked her,” Simon Cowell recently said when asked about who he’d like on the judges panel. “She has an opinion for sure.”
The longtime judge and soon-to-be dad also spoke about Miley to another media outlet, saying that he appreciates the former Disney star’s “big mouth.”
In another interview, Cowell hinted at another big talent who could come aboard.
“There is somebody in mind who we’ve wanted for a while for this show that has suddenly become available…. [H]e’s larger than life and would be spectacular,” Cowell teased.
When The X Factor returns to FOX for its upcoming season, it will reportedly be much different than past episodes. In addition to Cowell possibly removing himself into a role other than judge, rumors have it the series will go from a two-night-a-week format to a once-a-week schedule (much like that of ABC’s Dancing With The Stars), but thus far, FOX has stayed silent on the possibility.
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