Demi Lovato is expanding her face-time on the Fox network: The singer and The X-Factor judge is heading to Glee for the show’s fifth season. Lovato, who turns 21 tomorrow, will play Dani, a struggling New York City-based artist pal of Rachel Berry (Lea Michele) and Santana Lopez (Naya Rivera), TV Line reports. She’ll share several songs with fellow newcomer Adam Lambert, who joined the show last month.
Lovato will debut on Glee on October 3rd in the second part of the show’s Beatles tribute; she’ll appear in at least six episodes in the new season, and the show will work around Lovato’s other gig on The X-Factor. An agreeable schedule shouldn’t be too difficult – both shows air on Fox, with The X-Factor results shows leading into Glee on Thursday nights.
Lovato will be returning to acting for the first time since Disney Channel’s Sonny With a Chance ended its run in early 2011. Lovato’s addition offers some good news for Glee, which has dealt with a heartbreaking offseason: star Cory Monteith, who played Finn Hudson, was found dead in his Vancouver hotel room in July.
Season five of Glee premieres September 26th.