Simon Cowell may find her “really, really annoying” sometimes, but Demi Lovato will be joining him for another season of The X Factor. Lovato announced Thursday she will be returning to the judge’s table for the third season.
"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!" Lovato said in a statement.
Cowell says he “couldn’t be happier” with her decision. "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,” says the entertainment mogul.
Lovato, 20, and pop star Britney Spears joined Cowell and L.A. Reid for season 2 following the departure of season 1 judges Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger. In December, Reid announced he would be leaving the show to concentrate on running Epic Records. Spears announced her departure in January.
"I've made the very difficult decision not to return for another season. I had 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," she said in a statement. "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."