UPDATE: – 10:00 PM EST Britney and Jason arrived back to their hotel.

UPDATE: – 9:00 PM EST More photos from the event.



UPDATE: – 8:20 PM EST Video of Britney in Central Park for X Factor announcement:



UPDATE: – 8:00 PM EST Britney’s speech: “I am so excited about this whole experience. It’s gonna be so much fun and so different from anything I’ve ever done and I’m ready to find the true star.” Demi added, “I am totally stoked to be here!”


UPDATE: – 8:00 PM EST Britney posed for more photos at the FOX event (in a new dress!)



UPDATE: – 7:00 PM EST New picture and video of Britney arriving to the event!



UPDATE: – 5:50 PM EST Another new photo of Britney backstage with the other judges. Full shot in XRAY:



UPDATE: – 5:15 PM EST New photo of Brit backstage with the other judges. Check out the full shot in XRAY:

UPDATE: – 5:15 PM EST Britney has three world-wide Trending Topics on Twitter!



UPDATE: – 5:00 PM EST BritneySpears.com posted an official press release confirming Brit Brit is an X Factor judge!

“I’m absolutely delighted Britney and Demi are joining us,” said Simon Cowell. “Britney remains one of the biggest stars in the world, she’s talented, fascinating – and I believe she knows exactly how to spot THE X FACTOR. Demi’s had an amazing career in music, TV and film for someone her age. She’s young, confident, and enthusiastic. I think it’s really important that she speaks to our younger audience. The new panel will be dynamic and will work really well with the changes we are making to the show.”

Spears added, “I couldn’t be more excited to join THE X FACTOR judging panel. I’m a huge fan of the show and now I get to be a part of the action. Simon and L.A. better watch out!”

“I’m so thrilled to join this legendary group of judges on THE X FACTOR,” said Lovato. “To be able to spend each week with Simon, L.A. and Britney watching the best that America has to offer is truly a dream come true.”

Mike Darnell, President of Alternative Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company, noted, “Britney is an unparalleled superstar. Her success in the music industry over the last two decades makes her a perfect fit for THE X FACTOR judging panel. Demi has mass appeal and is beloved by her fans around the world. We are incredibly lucky to have them on board and we know they will bring so much excitement to the judging table for Season Two!”

“Britney Spears has done it all – she is the ultimate pop icon – and I am thrilled that she has agreed to join THE X FACTOR,” said executive producer Cecile Frot-Coutaz. “Nobody embodies THE X FACTOR more than Britney – she has shown the world what it means, how to do it and how to sustain it! Demi, like Britney, was discovered at a young age. Her ambition and drive solidifies her as one of the most popular young artists today. Now they will each get a chance to share their experiences and skills with the acts that they will mentor on THE X FACTOR.”

UPDATE – 4:30 PM EST: First shot of Britney and the judges!




Check out the FIRST shot of Britney on her way to the X Factor Upfronts!



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