"The X Factor" U.S. judge Demi Lovato is set to join the cast of "Glee," a musical comedy series about a high-school glee club and the school's teachers and alumni. According to a TV Line article published on Aug. 19, 2013, Lovato will play Dani, a New York City-based struggling artist and friend of Rachel (played by Lea Michele) and Santana (played by Naya Rivera).
TV Line reports that Lovato's Dani character "will also interact frequently with Adam Lambert’s incoming character, and the pair will have several musical numbers together. Lovato’s deal calls for her to appear in at least six episodes, beginning with the second part of the show’s Beatles’ tribute, airing Oct. 3. ('Glee' will work around Lovato’s 'X Factor' schedule.)"
Lovato's other credits as an actress include the Disney Channel series "Sonny with a Chance," Disney Channel's "Camp Rock" movies and guest appearances on "Prison Break" and "Grey’s Anatomy."
"The X Factor" and "Glee" are both televised in the U.S. on Fox. "The X Factor" airs on Wednesday and Thursday nights. "Glee" follows "The X Factor" on Thursday nights.
Season 3 of "The X Factor" U.S. premieres in two parts on Sept. 11 and Sept. 12, 2013.
Season 5 of "Glee" premieres on Sept. 26, 2013.
"Glee" is going through major changes in Season 5. It will be the show's first season without star Cory Monteith, who died in July 2013 of an overdose of heroin and alcohol. He was 31. Monteith played Finn Hudson on "Glee," and Finn's death will be written into a Season 5 episode. Michele (who was Monteith's girlfriend on and off screen) and other members of the "Glee" cast and crew have publicly expressed gratitude for the outpouring of support from "Glee" fans during this difficult time.
Lovato joined "The X Factor" U.S. in 2012 as a replacement for Nicole Scherzinger. (Scherzinger joined "The X Factor" U.K. judging panel in 2012.) In 2013, "The X Factor" U.S. judges are Lovato, Simon Cowell, Kelly Rowland and Paulina Rubio.
In 2012, there were rumors that "Glee" co-stars Darren Criss and Kevin McHale were among the celebrities in discussions to host "The X Factor" U.S.
Although McHale neither confirmed nor denied the rumor, Criss denied it but said he was flattered about the rumor. Khloe Kardashian and Mario Lopez ended up getting the "X Factor" hosting job in 2012. Kardashian was fired in 2013, but Lopez will continue to host "The X Factor" U.S.
Lovato and McHale, who have known each other since their childhoods in Texas, co-hosted the 2012 Teen Choice Awards.