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Simon Cowell is in. Demi Lovato is in. Mario Lopez is in and Khloe Kardashian is, mercifully, out.

Now, a new report in Us Weekly claims Jennifer Love Hewitt may be the next to join The X Factor Season 3 team.

JLH in Marilyn Monroe Dress

"Simon is very interested" in The Client List star, an insider tells the tabloid, although a show source adds that talk about JLH (or Reba McEntire or Kelly Rowland) is "pure speculation."

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Khloe Kardashian is out. But Mario Lopez remains in.

Fox confirmed this morning that the television personality will return this fall as host of The X Factor.

Mario Lopez Smile

“I’m thrilled Mario is back for Season Three of The X Factor,” said producer Simon Cowell. “Hosting a live show and keeping the judges – especially Demi – in line, is not an easy job, but Mario is a pro and we are glad he’s coming back.”

As stated above, Demi Lovato will occupy a spot on the show's judging panel, while Cowell sits in another. The slots vacated by L.A. Reid and Britney Spears are yet to be filled, however.

Are you excited Mario Lopez will serve again as X Factor host?

 

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The foregone conclusion is now an official reality: Demi Lovato will return as a judge on Season 3 of The X Factor.

Confirmed Fox and Simon Cowell today in a press release:

“I couldn’t be happier that Demi wants to come back this year. She’s a superstar in her own right and was a fantastic mentor last year. Even though she can be really, really annoying – I truly enjoyed working with her and so did the artists. I’m especially pleased she’s back, even during her world tour!”

Demi Lovato Red Carpet Pose

The X Factor will look very different this fall, aside from Lovato and Cowell as panelists.

L.A. Reid is out. Britney Spears is out. Khloe Kardashian is a goner.

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Nothing is official yet, but Simon Cowell made it clear in an interview this week:

He'd love to have Demi Lovato back as an X Factor panelist.

Demi Lovato with a Smile

“I liked having Demi on the show," producer Simon Cowell said Monday on Ryan Seacrest's radio show. "She’s fun to work with."

Of course, even if/when Lovato does return, L.A. Reid and Britney Spears have departed as panelists, while it's impossible to believe Khloe Kardashian will return as co-host.

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X will no longer mark the spot for Khloe Kardashian in 2013.

The reality star has been let go from the constantly-retooling X Factor, according to a story in The New York Post.

Khloe Kardashian X Factor Picture

“They are asking Mario [Lopez] to come back, but not Khloe,” an insider tells the newspaper, ending one of the most horrible hosting gigs in recent memory.

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Britney Spears is out, Demi Lovato hopes to be in - and the singer also has a strong idea of who she wants to join her at The X Factor judging table.

Lovato tells Extra that 2013 will be a busy year for her with music and touring, but if the show asked her to return for Season 3, "I'd say yes."

  • Demi Lovato at the Grove
  • Lady Gaga in London

And with both Spears and L.A. Reid departing the struggling series, Demi also weighed in on her ideal panel mate:

"I would love to see Lady Gaga. I don't know if that is possible or not."

Gaga does have some free time on her hands at least, as the artist has been forced to cancel her tour due to hip surgery.

Would you want to see Lady Gaga as a judge on The X Factor?

 

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After weeks of speculation, Britney Spears has confirmed what we already knew - that she's quitting The X Factor after her first and only season last fall.

"I've made the very difficult decision not to return for another season," Brit tells ET Online in a statement, adding that Fox was informed of her decision.

Brit on X Factor

"I had such an incredible time doing the show and I love the other judges and I am so proud of my teens but it's time for me to get back in the studio."

"Watching them all do their thing up on that stage every week made me miss performing so much! I can't wait to get back out there and do what I love most."

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As has been rumored pretty much since the minute Season 2 sputtered to a close, Britney Spears will not be back on The X Factor this year.

However, new intel indicates it's entirely by choice - hers.

Britney X Factor Pic

Sources say there is no bad blood or in-fighting involved; Britney loves the show but wants to focus on her music, which she's working on right now.

If that's just an excuse to get off this sinking ship, it's a good one.

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Will Britney Spears be back for Season 3 of The X Factor?

Rumors are swirling that Britney will be fired as a judge, exiting the total mess of a show alongside L.A. Reid. But Fox president Kevin Reilly says he's not sure.

X Factor Panelists

"For next year, I don't know," Reilly he said of Spears' return, but said "yeah" when asked if he was on board to bring the 31-year-old megastar back.

However, executive producer and lead judge Simon Cowell is currently on vacation and "hasn't talked about any of this going forward," Reilly admits.

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What began with a bang is ending with a low-energy half-clap.

Looks like Britney Spears' stint on The X Factor is ending almost as quickly as it started, with reports indicating she will not be asked back for Season 3.

Britney on X Factor

"Britney will get the boot," an insider says of Spears, who joined along with Demi Lovato this fall. "Producers wanted her for the long haul, but it isn't working."

One reason? Spears' massive $15 million contract, which one source sums up as such: "They paid all that for her to say 'amazing' and offer half-claps."

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