Demi Lovato confirmed on Wednesday night that she will be vacating her judge’s chair on The X Factor to focus on her music career — and Simon Cowell has someone “spectacular” in mind to take her place.
“I started this show being a singer and a musician, and it’s time that I go back to that,” TV Guide Magazine quotes Lovato as saying backstage after the Season 3 performance finale. “I’m so excited for 2014 because I’m going to dedicate it completely and totally to music.”
As for who might succeed Lovato — provided there is some semblance of a fourth season of the waning warbler contest — show boss Cowell told the press, “There is somebody in mind who we’ve wanted for a while for this show that has suddenly become available…. [H]e’s larger than life and would be spectacular.”
Then again, Cowell may need two new judges, seeing as he’s been hinting that his own days at the panel may be over.
The prospective Season 4 will also boast changes of the non-personell variety, as well. As Cowell shared on Twitter:
Next year on our shows the rules change. I had a light bulb moment two weeks ago.—
Simon Cowell (@SimonCowell) December 19, 2013
Will you miss Demi, or do you welcome fresh blood? And any early theories on the new male judge on Simon’s radar?