Britney Spears, Demi Lovato will try to save X Factor 2 from drowning in Simon Cowell’s ego

Britney Spears and Demi Lovato are joining Simon Cowell and L.A. Reid to judge the second season of Fox’s The X Factor.

If you’re still conscious after that sentence, you can see the new panel in a photo of the new judging panel Simon tweeted this afternoon. Fox said in a press release that “Spears is one of the most successful and celebrated entertainers in pop history,” while “Lovato is an accomplished singer and actress with a devoted and engaged young fan base.” Simon Cowell

In a press release quote, Simon Cowell explained why they selected the two women: “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.”

In other words: We’ve paid $15 million for a train wreck and also added someone who will hopefully draw younger viewers like a magnet. At the very least, the casting will probably draw people to see how this will work, so that’s a win, but the same was true of Simon and Paula Abdul, and we know how that turned out.

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.

Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.