The X Factor, thanks to the addition of Britney Spears and Demi Lovato, has upped its star wattage from last season, and both singers have developed a rapport with returning judges Simon Cowell and L.A. Reid. Spears and Lovato’s celebration of Reid’s birthday, which featured Spears singing happy birthday to the music bigwig, was a charming moment. Cowell’s consistent banter with Lovato also is one of this season’s highlights, as their chemistry actually feels natural.
While Lovato has been relatively kind and supporting during the audition process (her support of X Factor hopeful Jillian Jensen during Jensen’s audition was particularly moving), Spears has been the more exacting and critical one. Their differing styles will be interesting to watch during the show’s mentoring process.
Click on the media bar below to hear Spears talk about going through the audition rounds for The X Factor.
During a recent interview, Cowell had only high praise for the new judges. “I mean first of all, most of the girls I’ve ever worked with don’t like saying no,” says Cowell. “Not the case with these two. Feisty, different opinions. I think we all have a different kind of taste in music as well. I mean sometimes of a different perception of what we think a star is. . But what’s interesting is that you have this mentoring proces once you hit the live shows. So I’m kind of really fascinated to see what’s going to happen with Demi, with Britney working with these artists, how they can hopefully make them better and turn them into pop stars.”
Demi Lovato says X Factor singers have to “wow” her if they want to distinguish themselves from the pack. (Click on the media bar below to hear Lovato)
The X Factor airs tonight and tomorrow night at 8 pm et/pt on Fox.
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posted by Greg Srisavasdi (Twitter: @Gsrisavasdi)