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'X Factor's' Simon Cowell: Demi Lovato 'is a brat,' Britney Spears 'is quite mean'

"The X Factor" judges joined the Television Critics Association press tour via satellite from Miami, where they are currently holding "X Factor" boot camp. Simon Cowell was quick to talk about how the new girls are doing as judges. "Both bring different things," says Cowell. "I always said the no. 1 person I wanted on one of these shows was Britney because I was fascinated with her as a person, as a pop star ... She's a really, really good judge.""Demi is a brat," Cowell laughs. "There's something really likable about her as well and I think the show, because it has such a young audience, I think it needed someone younger for the people who watch the show, 'cause I'm in my 30s [laughs] It's worked brilliantly."But he does go on to say that Britney has revealed herself to be a tough judge, in an exchange with Demi. Simon: "Britney's quite mean, which you'll... //blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2012/07/x-factors-simon-cowell-demi-lovato-is-a-brat-britney-spears-is-quite-mean.html

'The X Factor': Decision on hosts coming soon, FOX says [Updated]

UPDATED with quotes from Simon Cowell.FOX hasn't hired hosts for "The X Factor" yet, but that's a situaiton that may change soon.Network chief Kevin Reilly says the network and "X Factor" creator Simon Cowell are "pretty close" to closing a deal on a host, or hosts, as the case may be. Cowell has said he'd like to have two hosts for the talent competition, but a solo emcee is apparently still on the table."I think it could happen next week, or it could happen in the next two weeks," Reilly said Monday (July 23) at the Television Critics Association summer press tour. Cowell, he adds, has been weighing the idea of both a single host and a duo."That's going to be about who he finally selects and does he like the feel of it," Reilly says. "He's done the show with two before [in the U.K.]."That was the plan for last season, too, but Nicole... //blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2012/07/the-x-factor-decision-on-hosts-coming-soon-fox-says.html

'The X Factor's' Britney Spears 'would have loved' judging 'American Idol'

Britney Spears says if she wasn't already engaged for the coming TV season, she'd happily have entertained an "American Idol" judging spot."I would have loved that," the music superstar tells Zap2it as she prepares to debut as a judge for Season 2 of FOX's "The X Factor" starting Wednesday, Sept. 12. Just as "Idol" is in for another big overhaul, having lost Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez in the past week, the "X Factor" judging panel will be half-new ... with Spears and Demi Lovato joining series mentor Simon Cowell and L.A. Reid.PICS: Britney Spears through the years"I feel like it brings a whole new energy to the show, definitely," reasons Spears, who already has been involved in contestant auditions for several weeks. "Nicole [Scherzinger] and Paula [Abdul] were really great, but to have such a dramatic change, I'll bet this even made Simon and L.A. nervous."That was what they had been used to, then... //blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2012/07/the-x-factors-britney-spears-would-have-loved-judging-american-idol.html

'X Factor' First Look: Britney Spears Makes Her Judging Debut (Video)

The new clip touts the pop star's Simon Cowell-like quips. //feedproxy.google.com/~r/thr/television/~3/UIvf86TlsPc/x-factor-britney-spears-video-348091

'The X Factor': Meet Britney Spears, tough judge (Video)

"Has America's sweetheart been hanging out with Simon Cowell too much?" That's the question asked in a brand spanking new promo from FOX for "The X Factor" that gives fans the first look at judge Britney Spears in action.The answer may be yes. Anyone who assumed Brit Brit would be a soft touch who shied away from direct criticism may want to watch and rethink. In the short clip, everything we see from Spears is -- well -- harsh. "You can't destroy that song, sweetie," she tells one hopeful."Very predictable," she tells another contestant."You don't have the X Factor," says Spears in a final bloodless edict. So is Spears a closet toughie or is FOX just stringing together her most critical moments to give their promo a good run? What do you think?Also -- no sign of the Spears we heard about during early tapings: The one who apparently went AWOL more than once and... //blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2012/07/the-x-factor-meet-britney-spears-tough-judge-video.html

'The X-Factor': Demi Lovato takes anti-drug stance and boots rapper from competition

Given Demi Lovato's history with addiction, it's no surprise that she took a firm anti-drug stance at an audition for "The X-Factor" in Greensboro, N.C. A rapping duo took the stage and their song included jokes about bath salts -- the synthetic drug that many believe led to the horrific face-eating incident in Miami earlier this spring. Lovato wasn't amused. "It's really irresponsible to be rapping about drugs in front of kids," she told the two MCs according to TMZ. They tried to make excuses, and she interrupted them. "You talked about bath salts. I heard you."The audience, agreeing with Lovato, booed the rappers as she asked them to please leave the stage. Fellow judges Britney Spears, Simon Cowell, and L.A. Reid supported Demi's decision.... //blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2012/07/the-x-factor-demi-lovato-takes-anti-drug-stance-and-boots-rapper-from-competition.html

'X Factor (US)' Auditions: Drug-Rapping Duo and Drag-Dressing Contestant Outrage Judges

Demi Lovato slams two guys who rap about smoking bath salts, while Britney Spears walks off the set after a man dressing partially as a woman botches her song during the auditions in Greensboro. //www.aceshowbiz.com/news/view/00052112.html

'The X Factor': Stacy Keibler and Khloe Kardashian in the mix for hosting job

The hoopla surrounding "The X Factor" going into its second season has been all about its new pair of judges, Britney Spears and Demi Lovato. But the show is also looking for new hosts, and the field appears to be narrowing.Series creator and judge Simon Cowell said in a recent chat with reporters that he wants two hosts, a man and a woman, and that he's taking his time with the search (auditions have been taped without a host backstage). He also said he's "narrowed it down to five people."According to a couple of reports, though, about twice that many people may be in contention. Both EW and E! Online cite Mario Lopez and Stacy Keibler as contenders. EW also says Rocsi Diaz of BET's "106 & Park," comedian Stevie Ryan (VH1's "Stevie TV") and "Vampire Diaries" actress Kat Graham are in the mix.Meanwhile, E! says two of its own -- Khloe Kardashian Odom and... //blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2012/07/the-x-factor-stacy-keibler-and-khloe-kardashian-in-the-mix-for-hosting-job.html

The X Factor Host Candidate Pool: Khloe Kardashian, Mario Lopez, And Stacy Keibler!

OMG, our hearts are exploding with pure joy! The X Factor's Simon Cowell is on the hunt for two sexy hosts to replace Steve Jones, and E! reports that he has his eye on several jaw-dropping contenders. So, who's in the running? Professional wrestlerStacy Keibler, has already met with the X Factor powers that be, but Khloe Kardashian, Kelly Osbourne and Mario Lopez are also being considered (as well as Terrence J, Erin Andrews and Mike Catherwood, but — snooze). Don't forget that Sexy... //feeds.wetpaint.com/~r/wetpaint/latest/excerpt/~3/d0O6bXOyd8s/the-x-factor-host-candidate-pool-khloe-kardashian-mario-lopez-and-stacy-keibler

'X-Factor' Judge Demi Lovato: I'm Not Dating Niall Horan

Backstage at the Providence, R.I. auditions, the X-Factor judge spilled details about her love life and conflicting emotions judging young hopefuls. Also: do cute guys influence Britney Spears' decisions? //feedproxy.google.com/~r/thr/television/~3/gVJHC1NfcAs/x-factor-judge-demi-lovato-nial-horran-343548