Lovato Returning to 'X Factor'
PHOTO: Demi Lovato attends the season finale of Foxs "The X Factor" at CBS Television City, Dec. 20, 2012 in Los Angeles.

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Demi Lovato will return as a judge on "The X Factor" for season three of the singing competition this fall, Fox announced Thursday.

"I am so excited to return as a judge and mentor on The X Factor," Lovato said in a statement. "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 was a well-received first-time judge during season two. Fans loved her blunt criticism and willingness to fight back against fellow judge and "X Factor" creator Simon Cowell. She has said recently in interviews that she'd love to return to the show if asked.

"Had an amazing time overseas and so excited to come home and share the news that I'll be returning to @TheXFactorUSA!!!" she tweeted Thursday after news of her return broke.

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Cowell is also excited that Lovato is back in her judge's chair.

"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!" he said in a statement.

Lovato is expected to announce a tour in support of her upcoming album, due for release later this year. The first single, "Heart Attack," is out now.

Britney Spears announced earlier this year that she won't be returning to "The X Factor," nor will veteran judge L.A. Reid. No replacements have been announced yet.

A representative for Fox said there is still no word on whether hosts Mario Lopez and Khloe Kardashian Odom will return.

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