When Simon Cowell announced the end of “X Factor” U.S. earlier this week, many fans were disappointed. But fans of one of the show’s judges say the talent competition wouldn’t have been much without her, anyway.
Demi Lovato left the show in December in order to focus on her music career, and after sharing with her fans the troubles she’s gone through in recent years, they obviously feel very protective over her and are glad she left before the ax fell.
As for Cowell, he’s going back to “X Factor” UK, the show that started it all. Created by Cowell in 2004, the show was a huge success from the beginning in Britain and has become the biggest talent competition in Europe, but has seen a drop in ratings recently. The American version had a rough time competing against “The Voice” and “America’s Got Talent”, not to mention Cowell’s old show “American Idol”.
“I don’t know why any show would want to be in America right now – anyone – because it’s too tough of a market. I mean, there’s going to be, this year, something like 14 talent shows on American TV. “I’ve got one of them with America’s Got Talent, which, luckily, is just as good as everybody else’s. It’s become a joke,” he said.
Lovato hasn’t commented on the cancellation of the show, but she is in headlines this week after her best friend, Disney Channel star Selena Gomez, left a rehab facility where she reportedly went to get help for emotional issues. Her rep confirmed she was not there for substance abuse, and the stay came after her ex–Justin Bieber–faced several legal battles, including an arrest for DUI. Lovato is said to have helped her friend make the choice to admit herself to a program.
“They’ve really bonded over their issues,” a “source” said.