Another X Factor judge has bit the dust.
Record producer and two-time X Factor panelist L.A. Reid has announced that he will not be joining the third season of the popular reality competition. "I have decided that I will not return to The X Factor next year... I have a company to run that I've kind of neglected," the CEO of Epic Records explained.
While he says that he'll only be saddened to leave "a little bit," he does have fond memories of working with the show's creator, Simon Cowell: "I love Simon. We have a great relationship. We have fun together, we talk, we laugh, we do bad things, we're friends."
Reid's departure marks the third judge to leave the show, after Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger exited after the first season. There's no word yet as to who might replace Reid's spot at the judging table.
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L.A. Reid thinks that Britney Spears would have been a successful X Factor contestant.
The "Toxic" singer and "Skyscraper" hitmaker Demi Lovato both joined the judging panel of the show this year, but L.A. believes they would have had no problems competing if they were just starting out because they are both talented and hard workers.
"I think that both Britney and Demi would've been able to handle it. These girls are really talented and they were trained to work hard. They didn't become a success because they were slackers. Both of them worked really, really hard coming up the ranks."
L.A. also claimed he would win if he auditioned because he does such a good rendition of Prince's "When Doves Cry."
He explained, "If it was me, very simple. I would go up and I would sing 'When Doves Cry' by Prince. And I would win. By the way, I would sing it in Boot Camp and would sing it in the finals and I would win. I'd be a one-trick pony and would only do one song, 'When Doves Cry.'"
Britney Spears has been compared to Marilyn Monroe.
The reaction fans give when they see the pop singer has stunned her fellow X Factor judge L.A. Reid, who claims his co-star has the same mystique as the late icon.
"People go crazy for Beyonce Knowles and Jay-Z. I've seen them go crazy for Rihanna. But this? Britney has the same magic that made Marilyn Monroe famous, that intangible ability to be completely loved and for people to be completely consumed by her everything," Reid said.
However, Britney insists the idea of being an icon "freaks" her out: "I try not to think about that. It's just - that's an overwhelming thing to think about. And I still feel new and fresh at the whole game. And when people say they know me, it still freaks me out. Still. To this day."
X Factor boss Simon Cowell, who recruited Britney to the show, revealed he was shocked by how shy she is in person. "She's one of the most humble people. I was raving about a song she'd written and she got really uncomfortable and it's not an act. It's partly down to her shyness. I didn't realize it until I started to work with her. We all remember her [performance at the MTV awards] with that snake around her neck and think, 'She can't be shy.' But she is."
Marc Anthony has signed up to be a mentor on the US X Factor.
The Grammy award-winning singer-songwriter will be working alongside Simon Cowell on the talent show, helping the music mogul pick his finalists for his category, which is believed to be the groups.
This news comes just over a week after it was reveled that pop star Justin Bieber had also been enlisted as a mentor on the show. He was spotted at Simon's rival judge L.A. Reid's house helping him select the most talented acts from his category, rumored to be the over-25s.
Justin - who was signed to Island Def Jam by L.A. - wrote on Twitter, "Long day but great day. @LA_Reid @ScooterBraun just like old times! thanks (sic)"
Demi Lovato is tired of being nagged by Simon Cowell
The 19-year-old singer admits the X Factor chief tries to keep her and fellow panelists L.A. Reid and Britney Spears in line during filming of the talent search contest, but she isn't afraid to stand up to his bossiness.
"Simon's great, but he nags on me so much that I don't know if I can take it any longer. I'm a brat. I'm annoying. But I give it back to him," she said.
While Demi has clashed with Simon, she has made a firm friend in L.A., who says they will be best friends forever (BFFs): "Britney is such a massive star that it's slightly intimidating. She's really sweet, just really loving and charming, but she's intimidating because she's such a big star. [Demi] is like my BBF for life. BFFL. She's really too good to be so young."
Simon Cowell has taken a swipe at The Voice.
The TV mogul is currently judging hopeful singers for the second series of The X Factor in the US and told one contestant they would be better off auditioning for rival show The Voice - where the judges don't see what contestants look like before they pick them.
After the singer's audition, fellow panelist L.A. Reid told them, "If you decide to try out again, please do it on another show."
"Yes, the good news is I hear The Voice auditions are happening next week," Simon added.
This is not the first time Simon has blasted the rival show, having previously said he thought it would be better as a radio show: "That show [The Voice] puzzles me because it starts off and 'it's all about the voice.' So my first thought is: 'Why isn't this on radio?' because what's the point in looking at them. Then suddenly I'm watching it a week or two weeks ago and it's the same as The X Factor. They've got dancers behind them, graphics, lights. Same show. I see a lot of shows trying to rip us off. If you try and rip somebody off it always looks like a bad copy."
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