It doesn’t get more official than this. Reports of Britney Spears and Demi Lovato joining the judges’ panel on The X Factor have been confirmed by a twitpic, uploaded on Britney’s Twitter with the hashtag’s
#britneyxfactor and #SimonBritneyDemiLA. The pop stars, posing alongside their co-judges Simon Cowell and L.A. Reid, are in New York for Fox’s Upfront Presentation, during which the network’s upcoming season is announced.
“I couldn’t be more excited to join The X Factor judging panel,” Spears said in a statement. “I’m a huge fan of the show and now I get to be a part of the action. Simon and L.A. better watch out!”
Demi echoes her enthusiasm: “I’m so thrilled to join this legendary group of judges on [the show],” she says. “To be able to spend each week with Simon, L.A. and Britney watching the best that America has to offer is truly a dream come true.”
Reports that Cowell was hoping to nab Spears for the show have been circling ever since the firings of former judges Nicole Scherzinger and Paula Abdul. After being offered $10 million for the gig, Britney reportedly demanded $16 million instead. She ultimately walked away with a payday of $15 million for one season of work. (Way to haggle her down, X Factor.)