Needless to say, we were NOT expecting this kind of switch-up!
But it's a season of CHANGE this year on The X Factor, so we're gonna embrace it!
As we all know, the reality competition divides its contestants by age and gender and assigns them to a specific group, each under the watchful mentorship of a judge on the panel!
Last year, Simon Cowell took the female solo singers ages 12 to 29, L.A. Reid the male, Paula Abdul the groups, and Nicole Scherzinger the over 30s, which had us pretty curious to see which categories new team members Demi Lovato and Britney Spears would land!
However, according to sources with the show, the group categories have been completely re-formatted, and now ALL categories are based solely on age!
So HERE is the new run-down, folks:
Solo singers, male and female, ages 12-16, will be working with Demi!
Solo singers, male and female, ages 17-24, will get Brit Brit!
Solo singers, male and female, ages 25 and over will have L.A. Reid!
And that means that Simon is doing GROUPS!
While we're hearing that the change was made mainly so that Demi, who is only 20, didn't end up mentoring folks older than she is, we think that this will probably work really well with the amount of younger acts that are breaking out onto the music scene these days!
And we couldn't think of two better people than those girls, who have more experience than anyone growing up in the industry, to help guide newbies through all of the ups and downs!
GAH! This is so, SO exciting!
Now are we ever going to hear who the EFF is gonna host this thing?!
We're beginning to think this season is just going to premiere without one at this point! LOLz!
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