Simon Cowell Confirms Demi Lovato Quit The X Factor: "I Always Knew She Wasn't Coming Back
It's official: null will not be returning for another season of The X Factor. Show creator and fellow judge null confirmed the news on Wednesday, Dec. 18, hours after E! News and other outlets reported that the "Made in the USA" singer would be leaving the Fox talent competition.
"I always knew she wasn't coming back because she's touring, so I knew that," Cowell told reporters.
Indeed, Lovato will kick off her Neon Lights tour on Feb. 9, 2014, in Vancouver. She'll be joined by three opening acts with U.S. and U.K. X Factor ties: Cher Lloyd, Fifth Harmonyand Little Mix.
"I started the show being a singer and a musician, and so I'm going to go back to that," Lovato said of her departure. "It's been really great, but I'm so excited for 2014. I'm going to dedicate it completely and entirely to music—touring and making a new album. Possibly releasing one."
The X Factor has yet to be renewed for a fourth season, and it's unclear if freshman judgesnull and null would join Cowell for a second go-round. "There haven't been any conversations about judges next year," a source close to the show previously told E!'s null.
Cowell, however, has said the show will return for a fourth season and that he'll likely have a new role.
Asked what she'll miss most about her X Factor tenure, Lovato told reporters Wednesday, "Being able to sit next to Kelly and Paulina and see them twice a week, and also helping mentor the contestants."
Lovato's final two contestants, Rion Paige and Ellona Santiago, were eliminated on Dec. 5. The top three acts—Alex & Sierra, Jeff Gutt and Carlito Olivero—vied for a recording contract with Syco/Sony Music during the Wednesday, Dec. 18, finals.
The season three finale of The X Factor airs on Thursday, Dec. 19, at 8 p.m. on Fox.