Demi Lovato will be joining Glee for the musical hit’s fifth season, along with newcomers Phoebe Strole and Adam Lambert.

Lovato is reportedly signed on for at least six episodes, beginning with part two of the show’s Beatles’ tribute episode on Oct. 3. The X-Factor judge and pop artist has been cast as Dani, a fellow struggling artist who befriends Rachel (Lea Michele) and Santana (Naya Rivera). Though Lovato’s level of interactions with other cast members is unknown, Lovato will definitely be singing a duet with Rivera for a rendition of “Here Comes The Sun,” and will also be performing with Lambert’s character.

Upon hearing the news of Lovato’s casting, Lambert tweeted his excitement, saying, “Excited to sing w you girl!”

Lovato has not yet released a comment on her return to television – this is the first time Lovato will appear in scripted television since she left her Disney show Sonny with a Chance after going to rehab in 2011. However, Michele confirmed the news on Twitter Thursday by publicly thanking showrunner Ryan Murphy for casting “two of my very best friends” – Lovato and Spring Awakening vet Strole.

Glee costar Kevin McHale also hinted at Lovato’s casting in his birthday tweet to the now 21-year-old pop star, writing, “See u soon ;)”

Jane Lynch also commented on the addition of Lovato to the Glee cast, and though she admitted to having little to no knowledge of what the scope of Lovato’s role would be, she was quick to express her joy.

“I’m really happy she’s joining us,” said Jane Lynch.

The creative minds behind Glee have been struggling to rebuild the show's fifth season after the death of star Cory Monteith in July. Monteith, who played Finn on the hit show, died of an accidental overdose at the age of 31. The third episode of the fifth season will act as a tribute episode to him and his beloved character.

Glee returns Thursday Sept. 26 at 9 P.M. on Fox.

Olivia Truffaut-Wong

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