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L-R: Paulina Rubio, Demi Lovato, Kelly Rowland and Simon Cowell sit at the judges table for season 3 of the FOX series The X Factor. - Provided courtesy of Ray Mickshaw / FOX

'The X Factor' canceled after 3 seasons, FOX confirms (Poll)

02/07/2014 by Corinne Heller

The FOX series "The X Factor" has been canceled after three seasons, OTRC.com has confirmed.

The news comes a month and a half after Demi Lovato announced she would leave Simon Cowell's singing competition series after serving as his fellow judge and mentor for the past three seasons. Season 3 generated the lowest ratings for the show and its finale aired in December. A FOX spokesperson confirmed the show's cancelation to OTRC.com on Friday, Feb. 7.

Cowell also said he decided to return to the original U.K. version of the series this year.

"I've had a fantastic time over the last 12 years, both on 'The X Factor' and 'American Idol,' Cowell said in a statement provided by FOX. "And apart from being lucky enough to find some amazing talent on the shows, I have always had an incredible welcome from the American public (most of the time!)

"Last year, for a number of reasons, I had to make a decision to return to the U.K. version of 'The X Factor' in 2014. So for now, I'm back to the U.K. and I want to thank FOX for being an incredible partner and I also want to thank everybody who has supported my shows. America, I'll see you soon!"

Cowell, an original "American Idol" judge, had said last year that the U.S. version of "The X Factor" would return for a fourth season in 2014, although FOX did not confirm this.

During its three-season run, "The X Factor" saw several cast shakeups -- during season 2, Britney Spears served as a judge and Khloe Kardashian was a co-host alongside Mario Lopez, who returned the next season without her. Lovato was brought on during Spears' year and Kelly Rowland of Destiny' Child fame and singer Paulina Rubio joined in season 3.

The series also helped launch the music careers of male trio Emblem3 and female pop group Fifth Harmony and duo Alex & Sierra. Fifth Harmony is set to tour with Lovato, Little Mix and Cher Lloyd this spring.

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