The X Factor and Lovato are currently in final negotiations, according to The Reporter, which noted the potential deal could still fall apart. However, according to a separate TMZ report, Lovato is the frontrunner to become the fourth and final member of The X Factor's revamped judging panel but has not received an offer yet.
Cowell has reportedly been seeking a brunette judge to The X Factor's final vacant spot on the judging panel due to the fact Spears is a blonde, and Lovato to fits that criteria. The X Factor creator and judge is also looking to attract a younger audience to the show, which would make hiring 19-year-old Lovato a seemingly smart move, according to The Reporter.
If Lovato doesn't end up inking a contract with the show, The X Factor viewers may see another former Disney Channel star take on the judging role instead, according toE! News. Producers are reportedly also considering Miley Cyrus as a judge, while singer Avril Lavigne -- who performed on the show's first-season finale with artist Chris Rene -- has also been mentioned.
Fox and Lovato's representatives reportedly declined to comment on the matter, while a spokesperson for the show also refused to confirm Lovato is in talks to serve as a judge.