Demi Lovato Joining Britney Spears on X Factor

Britney Spears, Demi Lovato on X Factor
Demi Lovato (left) and Britney Spears
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updated 05/14/2012 at 10:00 AM EDT

originally published 05/14/2012 05:00PM

Pop princesses, unite!

Hot on the heels of confirmation to PEOPLE that Britney Spears has signed to become a judge on the new season of The X Factor comes an announcement that joining Spears will be former Disney star Demi Lovato.

Confirmation of their new roles was made Monday at the FOX upfronts in New York City.

"I'm so excited about this whole experience," Spears, 30, said. "It's going to be so much fun and so different from anything I've ever done. I'm ready to find a true star."



"I am totally stoked to be here," Lovato, 19, added. "I'm excited to represent my generation and I'm ready to find the winner."



The duo will be sitting at the judge's table with the show's executive producer (and famously caustic) Simon Cowell and the other holdover from last season, record producer L.A. Reid.

Spears, who Tweeted from the event, and Lovato will be assuming the chairs vacated by Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger.



Last month, Scherzinger expressed her support for Spears's coming to the show, saying that everyone's "behind her no matter what."

Another face from last season that will be missing when the new one begins is that of host Steve Jones.

The shake-ups come after a solid first season for the talent competition show, although it never became the breakout smash that it is in its native U.K.

American viewership for the show's Wednesday episodes were about 12.6 million, with a 4.4 average rating among adults between the ages of 18 and 49.



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