'The X Factor': Britney Spears says Demi Lovato and girl power 'really helped'


Beginning its second season in the U.S., the British hit "The X Factor" returns with two intriguing new factors of its own.Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger have departed the panel of judges, opening slots for Britney Spears and Demi Lovato to join series mentor Simon Cowell and his fellow returnee L.A. Reid when the Fox talent competition launches its U.S. sophomore round Wednesday, Sept. 12, with an episode billed as the first half of a season premiere that concludes the next night.For music superstar Spears -- who started out under similar circumstances as a "Star Search" contestant -- "The X Factor" provides a major opportunity for her to redefine herself to the mass public. And she knows it."It's the most different thing I've ever done in my career," she tells Zap2it. "I've done six or seven tours and a bunch of albums, and I know how all of that works. Actually doing a television show...



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