Demi Lovato close to 'signing up as 'new X Factor judge'

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Demi Lovato looks set to become an even bigger name in Britain. The US pop star is rumoured to be close to signing up as a judge on The X Factor. Demi, 22, who featured on two series of the US version of the show, will reportedly star alongside Cheryl Fernandez-Versini and Simon Cowell, with Mel B and Louis Walsh rumoured to be leaving as part of a judging panel shake-up.

"Simon's management phoned to see when Demi could sign her contract about a week ago," a source told the Mirror. "They both have busy schedules but she is planning to do it as soon as possible and Simon is eager to get the judging panel sorted."

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Demi Lovato is reportedly set to sign up as a new X Factor judge



Demi is currently busy on her Demi World Tour, with her last gig set to take place in New York on 6 June. It means she would be free to appear on the 12th series of The X Factor, which will air in August.

If Demi does join the show, she will be in good company. Not only has she worked with Simon before on the American edition of the show, but she is also friends with Olly Murs, who is replacing Dermot O'Leary as co-presenter of The X Factor with Caroline Flack.

Former X Factor winner Olly, 30, and Demi performed their hit duet Up during the final of the show last year, and have remained close. "She was brilliant," Olly said of working with Demi during an interview with PopCrush in March.

"She was fun to be with, good laugh, good energy, positive person. For someone who's been through so much in her life as well, it was just great. It was a real pleasure to meet her and a real honor to be in her company and I really enjoyed it. She's a great person."

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There has been a great deal of speculation about the 2015 X Factor line-up. According to the latest reports, neither Louis nor Mel will be returning for the new series, with Louis himself suggesting his time on the show has come to an end.

"I think I'm done with X Factor," the 62-year-old, who has served as a judge since the show began in 2004, said during an appearance on The Seven O'Clock Show in April. "I've done 11 series. That's a long time on television. I think they're going to change the show. I think they're going to get new faces."

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