While the confirmation of Britney Spears' thought-to-be-done deal
has yet to surface in the past couple weeks, a few new rumors have circulated as to who might join her as the fourth judge at the X Factor
table this fall. Two tween queens' names have been tossed in the ring: Demi Lovato (according to The Hollywood Reporter
) and Miley Cyrus (according to Celebuzz
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It's no secret that showrunner Simon Cowell has wanted to draw a younger demographic to the show, and getting either one of these Disney-Channel-actresses-turned-celebrities would certainly bring that pull for the show's second season. Both 19-year-old girls have had similar paths from child stars to tabloid fodder in their respective rises to fame.
Cyrus (from Hannah Montana
) has had much documentation of her newfound love of partying (including self-shot provocative photos and videos of lap dancing), while Lovato had a widely publicized breakdown in 2010 when she checked into a rehabilitation center for issues relating to bulimia and depression. Of course, both singers have had success in their musical careers, as well. Their industry knowledge and talent, combined with their ability to draw in public curiosity, is probably the type of persona Cowell is seeking as he reboots his show.
Both aforementioned sources claim to have insider knowledge of negotiations between the show and the two starlets, but as we all know by now, nothing is official until it's official. Accordingly, reps for Fox, Lovato and Cyrus declined to comment on the reported talks. However, it is believed that Cowell and Co. will want to have their ducks in a row by May 14, when they appear before ad buyers at the Fox upfront event. Other names that have also been mentioned include Avril Lavigne and Fergie.
If Cyrus or Lovato were to join the judging panel alongside Spears, what kind of dynamic would it create? More than 10 years their senior (not to mention their age gap with Cowell and co-judge L.A. Reid), Spears might not take too well to a freshly minted pop star still figuring out how to handle the spotlight (an area in which Spears has had loads of tough experience). Whoever joins, it sounds like it will surely make for an interesting second season, come this fall.
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