Cowell announced the news on Twitter, sending a photo of himself with record producer Antonio "L.A." Reid, Spears and Lovato and saying "Can't believe it's finally happening. " Spears found fame as a 16 year-old in 1998 with her debut single "Baby One More Time" and went on to score multiple hits with songs like "Crazy", "Oops I Did It Again" and "Womanizer".It's so different from anything I've ever done." Fox gave no details of their contracts but Spears has been widely reported to be getting million a year for the X Factor gig, which would make her one of the highest-paid TV reality show judges. version of X Factor last September with great fanfare and boasts that it would topple ageing "American Idol" as America's most-watched TV show.Mariah Carey, Janet Jackson, Miley Cyrus and Avril Lavigne were among other names rumored to have been approached or in talks with Cowell about taking part in X Factor. But the show mustered only about 13 million viewers - about half the audience for American Idol - and many critics disliked its brash, noisy production and felt it added little new to the crowded TV singing contest field.After attending the official premiere in Hollywood last night, she tweeted: "So amazing to see @The XFactor USA episode for the 1st time tonight - wow!
Alex & Sierra auditioned in New Orleans, Louisiana, making it to the next round after wowing the judges with a sultry version of Britney Spears' "Toxic".
As we reported, Britney's single again after an amicable split from Charlie Ebersol.
Spears will be joined by singer and actress Demi Lovato, 19, to fill the judge's seats left by Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger, who were both fired by Cowell after a disappointing first season in 2011.
Earlier this spring, Alex Kinsey and Sierra Deaton were trading stories about the two-week writing camp that yielded their debut album, "It's About Us." The late-hour bursts of boozy creativity and morning hikes under the Malibu sun are discussed, but words like "pressure," "expectations" or "deadlines" don't make it into conversation."It was magic," said Deaton, still beaming from the experience.
"We imagined one thing, but this wasn't what it was like."The couple, who perform as Alex & Sierra, are lounging on a couch inside Atom Factory, the Troy Carter-powered management company steering their career.