The X Factor: Picked Up for Season 3!

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Fox has renewed The X Factor for a third season.

Likely to never be a rating juggernaut along the lines of American Idol, the show has proven to be a solid fall hit, averaging just under 11 million viewers per week.

X Factor Panelists

Said Mike Darnell, President of Alternative Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company, upon announcing the pick-up:

“This season, Simon and the producers of The X Factor took an already strong show and made it absolutely fantastic. The format changes are working, the contestants are unbelievably talented, and Britney and Demi – alongside Simon and L.A – have brought an incredibly fun new chemistry to the judges’ panel that our fans really love. We feel great about the show and I’m thrilled to bring it back next year for Season Three.”

It's true: Britney Spears and Demi Lovato have received rave reviews thus far.

On November 1, meanwhile, The X Factor will go live with irritating co-hosts Khloe Kardashian and Mario Lopez.

Teases Cowell of what's ahead: "The gloves are off! Expect fireworks!”

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