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Simon Cowell

Brit's Officially On Board!!

(... Demi Too)

5/14/2012 1:52 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Simon Cowell twitter photo with Britney Spears, L.A. Reid & Demi Lovato
Simon Cowell finally announced what we all knew was coming ... Britney Spears is joining "X Factor" ... and so is some other girl.

Cowell just tweeted a photo of himself with Britney, L.A. Reid and the show's 4th judge Demi Lovato (pictured hovering awkwardly over Simon's shoulder).

Simon included a message with the pic -- "Can't believe it's finally happened. Very exciting!"

FOX just made the announcement at the Upfronts in NYC -- where advertisers vie for commercial airtime on TV shows "up front" ... several months before the shows actually premiere.

As we reported, negotiations between Britney and "X Factor" honchos went right down to the wire. Britney's conservators -- her fiance Jason Trawick and her dad Jamie Spears -- signed the $15 million deal on her behalf.

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Demi signed her deal immediately before Upfronts as well. It's unclear how much she's getting paid ... but it's fair to assume her paycheck's gonna weigh a lot less than Britney's.

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Birdsht    

Simon couldn't fail harder with this lineup if he tried. Ill stick to the UK version as this is obviously unwatchable. I DO NOT WANT TO HEAR A WORD OUT OF THOSE GIRLS MOUTHS. PERIOD

890 days ago
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Birdsht    

Simon, you could't fail any harder with these choices if you tried. First season was feces and now you follow it up with unwatchable. Ill stick to the UK and AU versions.

890 days ago
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_][ Character_Assassin ][_    

X-factor sux. Simon should've stayed on AI.

890 days ago
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News Flash     

These poor girls at the hands of Simon.

890 days ago
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Jen    

Not sure how helpful 2 girls with personal issues will be as mentors to these young artists, but I will enjoy watching Brit on tv.

890 days ago
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jaimev143    

I am a 20 year old female and I absolutely love these choices.... if he is going after a younger demo, he has me! Love demi & britney.

will definately be watching!!!

890 days ago
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15six    

How does someone who lip syncs for a living qualify to be a judge of a singing competition? Also on that note, isn't Demi Lavato only famous for being an addict? Great job sensationalizing drugs, alcohol and bad music. Douches.

890 days ago
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Bo    

I cannot believe Simon hired her... he flushed $15 mil down the drain, Brit cannot sing, dance and cannot mentor a fly. X-Factor & Fox made a HUGE mistake.

890 days ago
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Adelice2009    

LOVE YOU DEMI!!!

890 days ago
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Jim in Cali    

Haha the black guy is like shorter than Harvey

890 days ago
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stu    

zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
Chrisitna doesn't lip synch @ her concerts.
Should have been Annie Lenox & Stevie Nicks.

890 days ago
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skatrin    

EPIC FAIL. Britney is sooo irrelevant and so are the clothes she's wearing....
The other girl has the personality and expertise of a dingo. And, as for the black guy, he was the only one they should of fired last time...what an idiot...he sure ain't no Jimmy Iovine.

890 days ago
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Jim in Cali    

I don't watch these reality shows and I really could care less who are the judges. That's why I find it hilarious where I read some of these comments how this is going to be the worse thing ever and that its an outrage he/she are getting because they have no talent, etc. Just think if some of you used that same anger towards a meaningless reality show at our politicians and how they are ruining this country instead. Imagine how much better our country would be if we focused our anger on things that actually really matter.

890 days ago
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tmzgirl    

Now i am gonna watch this show!!

890 days ago
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Lexi    

Demi does not have the background record to do X Factor. When I think of a judge, I think of someone who has been in the business for a long time. Someone who is a judge knows the business enough to direct these contestants to do something with their career. Demi is not this judge. She is a good person. Yes. Is she judge quality? No. Its like putting a cute boy as a contestant who smiles a lot to get the teeny bopper votes. I mean, really?

890 days ago
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