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'The X Factor' will be back for a third season

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Britney Spears, Simon Cowell, Demi Lovato and L.A. Reid of "The X-Factor."

FOX has announced its order for a third season of "The X Factor," set to debut in 2013.

“I couldn't be happier,” said creator and head judge Simon Cowell in a statement. “I am so proud of the show and the team who have made it this season. ... The gloves are off! Expect fireworks!” That team includes new judges Demi Lovato and Britney Spears, who joined L.A. Reid in season two.

To date, the show has average a 3.9 rating among adults 18-49 and 10.6 million viewers in total. That puts it in the top 15 of network series among adults 18-49 and 18-34.

Said Fox president of alternative programming Mike Darnell: “This season, Simon and the producers of 'The X Factor' took an already strong show and made it absolutely fantastic. The format changes are working, the contestants are unbelievably talented, and Britney and Demi -- alongside Simon and L.A -- have brought an incredibly fun new chemistry to the judges’ panel that our fans really love.”

Recent additions to the cast include co-hosts Khloé Kardashian Odom and Mario Lopez, whose first day on the job will be Thursday, Nov. 1, when the top 16 acts will also be revealed.

"X Factor" is a show with execeptionally high social engagement. In addition, artists discovered via the format (especially in the UK) have sold more than 100 million records worldwide.

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