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."
Britney Spears was left emotional when an old friend auditioned for The X Factor on Sunday.
The "Toxic" hitmaker was visibly moved when the man - whose identity has not been revealed - took to the stage at San Francisco's Oracle Arena but remained "calm and supportive" when he confessed to her that he is gay.
As the man stepped out, Britney exclaimed, "I know him. We did a duet together 10 years ago."
"You could see that Britney recognized him straight away. She got this huge smile on her face and her eyes lit up. It was so sweet," an onlooker said.
The hopeful than began to cry and confessed to the audience "I'm gay," before turning to address Britney. "At the time I didn't think I was worthy. I didn't think you thought it was OK that I am gay," he said.
Britney Spears is an "incredibly tough" judge on The X Factor.
The "Toxic" singer is part of the new line up on the US version of the singing talent show, and doesn't give budding singers an easy time if their renditions aren't up to scratch.
"She's got a really good instinct, and when she loves something, she looks like she wants to dance on the desk. When she doesn't like someone, she is incredibly tough," a source said.
Britney's harder side was revealed at the show's auditions in Kansas at the weekend, where she starred on the panel alongside Demi Lovato, L.A. Reid and Louis Walsh, who had stepped in from the UK version of the show to replace Simon Cowell, who was taken ill with bronchitis.
"You have to be great to be on this show, so I vote no," Britney told one contestant, according to the source.
Snoop Dogg has blasted The Voice.
The "Sweat" rapper has laid into the singing show - where judges don't see what contestants look like before picking them - because he believes you need more than a good voice to be a star.
"The Voice producers don't understand that you need more than a voice to be an artist," he said. Referring to two acts who have come from other reality TV shows, he added, "You could have the best voice ever but be as boring as hell. I don't see it producing a One Direction or Susan Boyle."
The rapper has previously said he is keen to start his own talent search show, based around finding stars from underprivileged areas of the US. "The American Idol and X Factor shows, they're great shows. But I think I need to make a show like that, directed straight to the hood. To the artists that don't get the attention, that don't have the money to make themselves representable. This raw talent and ability. I'm looking for a deal from one of you TV networks to give Snoop Dogg his own hood TV show where I can find America's hottest hood artists," he said in 2011.
Britney Spears demanded her X Factor pay deal was higher than Jennifer Lopez's earnings for American Idol.
The "Toxic" singer eventually agreed to a $15 million payment for one season of the US version of the Simon Cowell-fronted talent show, $3 million more than the "On The Floor" hitmaker gained for her first season on the rival program.
"Britney's bottom line was no less than $13 million," a source said. However it is also believed she initially asked for as much as $20 million, before eventually settling on the final sum.
The deal is said to have made bosses on American Idol particularly nervous as they think Jennifer now may up her demands for the show despite ratings falling in the last season.
It is believed X Factor bosses were so desperate to sign up Britney for the second season of the show they gave her permission to do whatever she wanted, which she did at her first taping of the show in Austin, Texas when she walked out during four auditions: "Simon Cowell is a smart and shrewd businessman who knew Britney could make his show and he was willing to give her just about anything to come on board - and he did."
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."
Britney Spears feels she is ready to cope with the demands that will come with being a judge on The X Factor, according to reports.
The 30-year-old "Toxic" singer was confirmed for the panel last week and will appear alongside Demi Lovato, L.A. Reid and Simon Cowell; however, she has faced speculation that she may not be able to handle the role following the decision.
"Britney is well aware of what the critics are saying about her. She is anxious to prove to everyone that she isn't just a ditzy blonde and she is hunkered down with Jason, who will be with her at all times during the auditions and filming. Britney has been asking a lot of questions about the process and is seeking advice from Simon [Cowell] about how she can be the best judge possible. She is aware of the comments that Howard Stern made about her recently, saying the only reason people would be tuning in to watch her is because she is a trainwreck. She just doesn't care that he made those comments. Britney doesn't take that seriously and knows he is just promoting himself being on America's Got Talent. Britney is excited for the public to see a new side of her and is using the criticism to give her motivation to prove all the naysayers wrong," a source said.
Rod Stewart is due to guest judge on The X Factor (UK).
The 67-year-old rock star has been signed up to take part while Simon Cowell finds a replacement for Kelly Rowland. Auditions begin on Wednesday in Liverpool and the "I Don't Want To Talk About It" singer is expected to be on the panel for two show.
"Rod is a genuine living legend and exactly what the show needs. The details are still to be ironed out but it looks like he'll be at the auditions next month in London and possibly Glasgow because of his Scottish heritage. He's sold more than 100 million records worldwide so he knows exactly what it takes to succeed in the tough world of showbusiness, and hopefully he'll also be a big draw for viewers who might not have been fans of The X Factor before. It's a big coup to get him involved and Simon Cowell is absolutely thrilled," a source said.
Newly appointed X Factor judge Demi Lovato will be a good role model to the pop hopefuls.
The "Skyscraper" singer was confirmed to be joining the panel of the TV talent show along with Britney Spears on Monday taking their places alongside Simon Cowell and L.A. Reid.
Demi, 19, has openly battled and overcome depression, drug-use and bulimia and experts believe she "could potentially" be a positive influence on the young contestants. "Demi has been outspoken and inspiring to others about how you pick yourself up after you've been down. She may be very good, because she cares a lot. Let's hope that she uses that to be a fair and empathic judge. She could potentially be a good role model for others," clinical psychologist Vivian Diller, Ph.D., told Celebuzz.
Britney Spears and Demi Lovato have been officially confirmed as X Factor judges.
The pop singers will join Simon Cowell and L.A. Reid on the panel of the US version of the TV talent show as replacements for Nicole Scherzinger and Paula Abdul, it was announced at Fox's Upfront Presentation at the Beacon Theatre in New York today.
"I couldn't be more excited to join The X Factor judging panel. I'm a huge fan of the show and now I get to be a part of the action. Simon and L.A. better watch out," Britney said in a statement.
Demi described her new role as a dream come true: "I'm so thrilled to join this legendary group of judges on the show. To be able to spend each week with Simon, L.A. and Britney watching the best that America has to offer is truly a dream come true."
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