'The X Factor': Simon Cowell talks first live show, eliminations and his odds on winning

It's been a wild second season so far on "The X Factor" and it's only about to get wilder as the live performance shows begin tonight.Khloe Kardashian and Mario Lopez assume their hosting duties, Britney Spears faces the challenge of live TV, and 16 acts compete to give the performance of their lives just to survive Thursday night's first eliminations.Simon Cowell held a conference call with journalists to discuss Britney, Khloe, his role as mentor to the groups, and what we can expect from both tonight's first live show and Thursday's eliminations. Strap yourselves in "X Factor" fans, this could be a bumpy ride.On how Britney Spears is handling the demands of being a judge/mentor...Simon Cowell: "I think she's been a lot better than everybody thought. She's very engaged. She's very, very into her contestants. She thinks she can win the competition. I don't know what she's going to be like on a live show...



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