Demi Lovato Will Return as ‘X Factor’ Judge for Season 3

Demi Lovato of "The X Factor" (Photo: Fox)

It’s not a surprise but it’s now confirmed.

Singer-actress Demi Lovato will return for Season 3 of “The X Factor,” Fox announced Thursday.

Viewers can look forward to Round 2 between the sassy Lovato and her nemesis Simon Cowell, who warmly welcomed the “annoying” star back for her second stint on the judges’ panel.

“I couldn’t be happier that Demi wants to come back this year,” Cowell said in a statement. “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!”

Added Lovato: “I am so excited to return as a judge and mentor on ‘The X Factor.’ Last season was an unbelievable experience and I really enjoyed developing personal relationships with the contestants and the panel. I look forward to taking my previous experience and applying it to make this season even better!”

There’s no word on if Cowell has found replacements for departing judges L.A. Reid and Britney Spears, nor has there been an announcement on whether or not hosts Mario Lopez (probably) and Khloe Kardashian (probably not) will be back.

Open auditions for the upcoming season of “The X Factor” continue in New Orleans on April 14, Long Island, NY, on April 25 and Denver, CO, on May 14.

The third season of the Fox singing competition launches this fall on Fox.

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