Britney Spears and Demi Lovato poised to join 'X Factor'
Spears has been a rumored front-runner to join the series since news broke back in March that she was in negotiations for the gig. Lovato's name has been swirling around since earlier this month.
Fox executives wouldn't comment on the speculation in a conference call with reporters Monday morning (they also didn't exactly deny it), but the network is expected to make it official during its upfront presentation to advertisers Monday afternoon.
Many candidates were reportedly discussed as possible replacements for Nicole Scherzinger and Paula Abdul, including Miley Cyrus, Fergie, Janet Jackson and Mariah Carey. Scherzinger and Abdul were victims of the major overhaul after the singing competition's first season.
If Spears does join Simon Cowell and L.A. Reid on the judges panel, it would pit her against fellow "Mickey Mouse Club" alum Christina Aguilera, who is a judge/mentor on "The Voice."
-- Yvonne Villarreal
Photo: Britney Spears in Beverly Hills in February. Credit: Getty Images