Demi Lovato, Simon Cowell, X Factor

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Demi Lovato will be returning as a judge for X Factor's third season, Fox announced today.

"I am so excited to return as a judge and mentor on The X Factor," Lovato says in a stament. "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!"

Earlier this month, Simon Cowell told Ryan Seacrest that he'd be "crazy" not to have her back. And though the Brit judge is many things, he is not crazy. He is, however, not afraid to poke fun at his Lovato.

"I couldn't be happier that Demi wants to come back this year," Cowell says. "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. I'm especially pleased she's back, even during her world tour!"

The singing competition series still needs to replace judges Britney Spears and L.A. Reid, who both exited the show last season.

The X Factor returns with its third season this fall on Fox. Season 3 auditions will continue in New Orleans on Apr. 14 at the Lakefront Arena.

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