'X Factor' Renewed for Third Season
'X Factor' Renewed for Third Season

Fox on Monday ordered a third season of "The X Factor," set to debut in 2013.

"I couldn't be happier," series creator and head judge Simon Cowell said 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 Cowell and L.A. Reid for season two.

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The show has averaged a 3.9 rating among adults 18-49 and 10.6 million viewers this season. That puts it in the top 15 of network series among adults 18-49 and 18-34.

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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 Khloe Kardashian Odom and Mario Lopez, whose first day on the job will be Nov. 1, when the top 16 acts also will be revealed.

"X Factor" has an exceptionally high social engagement, and artists discovered via the format -- especially in the U.K. -- have sold more than 100 million records worldwide.

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