The X Factor Renewed for Season 3 by Fox

simon cowell britney spears x factorPaula Abdul’s voodoo dolls be damned, Simon Cowell’s shakeup of The X Factor is paying dividends.

Fox has ordered a third season of the reality singing competition, it was announced today by Mike Darnell, President of Alternative Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company.

“This season, Simon and the producers of The X Factor took an already strong show and made it absolutely fantastic,” said Darnell, in a release. “The format changes are working, the contestants are unbelievably talented, and [new judges] Britney [Spears] and Demi [Lovato] – alongside Simon and L.A [Reid] – 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 3.”

“I couldn’t be happier about The X Factor already being renewed for another season,” added Cowell. “Our main commitment will always be to find great talent, and let’s not forget, we are now days away from our first live shows. The gloves are off! Expect fireworks!”

Season to date, The X Factor is averaging a 3.9 rating among Adults 18-49 and 10.6 million total viewers.

A one-hour installment of The X Factor‘s baseball-delayed Top 16 announcement episode airs Tuesday at 9:30/8:30c. Those contestants will take the stage for the season’s first live show on Thursday, Nov. 2 (8:00-10:30 ET), with a special Sunday episode slated for Nov. 4 (8/7c).