Another new promo for the X Factor USA has premiered, following the Britney-only clip that surfaced earlier this week.
The new one shows someone getting led away in handcuffs, someone getting taken away by paramedics, one dude breaking down completely, and Demi Lovato proving she has one of the best laughs in the world.
Demi Lovato is jugging her X Factor USA commitments with a headline tour of the country this summer, and last night she kicked off the latter with an open-air gig in New Jersey.
Before launching through her incrediballad ‘Skyscraper’ she told her fans how much they inspire her (comically knocking a piano key in the process), and the gig also saw a great cover of Chris Brown’s ‘Turn Up The Music’.
So it’s a long-established fact now that The X Factor USA is more exciting than The X Factor UK this year, purely because the judging panel is hella better and it’s pretty clear from the weaknesses of season one that Simon Cowell will have gone to hell and back to make it better.
In a new video clip (“new” as in four days ago, oops), judges Britney Spears, Demi Lovato and LA Reid discuss the San Fransisco auditions, with Britney brushing off the suggestion that she is the “toughest judge” and saying she tries to be constructively critical.
What the judges actually say isn’t particularly interesting, but I just love how comfortable Britney is in this clip. That wouldn’t be a big deal for most other celebs, but since The Great Meltdown Of ’07 every interview with her has been so carefully regulated and sucked dry of personality, and it’s reassuring when looking forward to the show’s premiere in September that she could well completely hold her own as a panellist and prove a lot of her critics wrong.
She’s looking set to be the breakout star of The X Factor USA, but Demi Lovato has learned that being a successful talent show judge sometimes involved a bit of cheeky backchat.
Tweets sent out by audience members at the Texas tryouts this week reveal that a 50-year-old contestant who sang an uncomfortably sexual original song to a 16-year-old member of the crowd had a hugely negative reaction from the crowd, and received scathing feedback from the judges.
Lovato reportedly kicked off the critique by saying that he creeped her out. “I just can’t,” she said.
Britney then gave her first big swipe of the season, joking: “I want to know why let you on stage. I left uncomfortable with you even being on stage looking at me right now.”
After he also clashed with LA Reid and Simon Cowell, Lovato then told him he couldn’t sing and he spitefully accused her of using autotune in her recordings.
“No, I don’t,” she snapped back. YOU GO DEMI.
An audience member wrote on Twitter: “DEMI JUST TOLD HIM HE COULDN’T SING. HE SAID THAT’S WHY YOU USED AUTO (TUNE) AND I DON’T. TO DEMI (sic)”
“You need to leave now,” demanded LA, before Simon told him to get off the stage.
Demi then shouted after him as he left talking to teenage girls.
LA Reid, Simon Cowell, Demi Lovato and a certain Britney Spears will soon be arriving in Texas for their second day of shooting The X Factor USA’s audition episodes, but gossip is still doing the rounds about yesterday’s debut.
E! were there to report on every moment, and seemed happy to relay that Brit loosed up a great deal as the day went on and, by the sounds of it, that Demi could be the show’s equivalent of Britain’s Got Talent‘s David Walliams – by which I mean she was a little flirty but unafraid to tell him where to stick it.
Two episodes were shot yesterday, with 14 acts being auditioned for the first. Britney missed the last four so she could “take a break” (?), but was there for the entirety of the second episode taping. She was a lot more chatty with Demi during the second phase, and apparently the pair even stood up and danced during a hip-hop trio’s performance.
What was she like as a judge? Very sweet, apparently. To a rapper who was universally deemed to have given the worst audition of the day, she quipped “I like your hat”, and when the man to her left was especially scathing to another hopeful she said “That’s rude, Simon!”. She did, however, get booed by the audience at one point when she gave a negative critique. Amazing.
Feisty Demi shot down both Simon and LA on several occasions, and was a massive flirt with the younger male singers. “I like a country boy,” she purred to one act. Her best moment was apparently when Cowell said to a pretty 22-year-old “It’s too bad we didn’t meet 10 years ago,” and Demi chimed in with “More like 30″. Britney may generate the headlines, but it seems like Demi could sneak up below the radar and steal the show.
Demi Lovato and Britney Spears have begun work on The X Factor USA, as the filmed auditions get underway in Texas.
Britney’s already had to deny a rumour that she stormed off half-way through the first day, whilst Demi has called Simon “grandpa” and cut LA Reid “to shreds”. Amazing.
There was a slightly awkward moment outside (picture, left) when Britney signed a Rolling Stone magazine front cover with the headline ‘The Tragedy of Britney Spears’ (it was published mid-breakdown in 2007), but other than that it seems everything went swimmingly.
Check out this video of the judges making their arrivals at the venue, and then making their entrance to sit behind one of TV’s most famous desks.
Oh, and here in the UK apparently Geri Haliwell got booed.
It’s hard to get excited about YET ANOTHER TV talent show, but after watching a recent Good Morning America sneak peak (and knowing Kelly Clarkson is on the panel) Duets seems like it might be pretty good.
But rivalry between it and its rivals is inevitable, and John Legend – who sits alongside Clarkson, Jennifer Nettles and Robin Thicke on Duets – hasn’t minced his words. Asked about Britney Spears and Demi Lovato’s appointments on The X Factor USA, he suggested (though I am being a tiiiny bit sensationalist) that the pair can’t actually sing. OK, Britney’s recent output has got more autotune on it than that T-Pain/Lily Allen collabo from last year, but Demi? No way!
Speaking at the ABC Upfronts, he told E!:
“You know it’s interesting. It should be very interesting. I don’t have much to say. It’s interesting when people you know who are judging singing competitions when they aren’t really singers. It’s interesting.”
Well, to be fair, Britney is an absolute legend, but she is more of “a popstar” than “a singer”. But can you really say Demi doesn’t have a huge set of pipes on her? And isn’t this show about finding “a popstar”, for better or worse?
“I’m excited for both of them. I’m a big fan of both of them. Both of those girls are super sweet. I think it’s fun for them too to just be more out in the public eye again. I think those two are two you really want to root for and you really want them to succeed, so I think that’s exciting… Obviously they are both performers so… I think that show really needs it. I don’t think everybody latched onto that show like they thought they would.”
John, mate, you might want to lay low and keep away from your Twitter ‘@’ mentions for a little while…
Britney Spears has a career that is totally unparalleled by any previous TV talent show judge (sorry, Tulisa). But she isn’t the only hugely exciting addition to the X Factor USA panel this year.
Demi Lovato, who forms something of a Disney trinity with Miley Cyrus and Selena Gomez, is one of the most critically-lauded vocallists to ever come from the House Of Mouse, and if you swing by TL on a regular basis you’ll know she’s worth shouting about.
UK success is still something that’s eluded her for quite some time, so if you’re still unfamiliar with her work, here are her five essential tracks.
5. ‘This Is Me’ (2008, from Camp Rock OST)
As cheesy as it gets, Camp Rock shot Demi from one-time Barney star to an almost High School Musical level of stardom. ‘This Is Me’, which features A Jonas, became her first Billboard Top 10 hit, her first UK Top 40 success, and also introduced her to a legion of devoted fans who would go on to support her through thick and thin over the coming years. WARNING: FILM CLIP IS EXCRUCIATING See also:‘Here We Go Again’, ‘La La Land’
4. ‘Don’t Forget’ (2008, from Don’t Forget)
Demi’s debut album was rammed full of (top-end as it may have been) Disney-friendly, watered-down pop-rock. But the title track became an instant fan favourite, for good reason. Laden with heartfelt lyrics that all came from co-writer Demi herself, the slow-burning production made for one of her most emotionally resonant hits to date. See also:‘Believe In Me’, ‘Catch Me’
3. ‘Give Your Heart A Break’ (2012, from Unbroken) Demi’s latest single may not sound like anything particularly ground-breaking, but in an industry of synth-laden odes to nightclubs and one night stands, ‘Give Your Heart A Break’ is a rare display of a 19-year-old singing exactly what a 19-year-old should be singing – a light-hearted pop song about falling in love. This is a proper grower, this one – give it a few listens and you’ll fall completely in love with it. See also:‘Hold Up’, ‘Unbroken’
2. ‘Behind Enemy Lines’ (2008, from Don’t Forget)
Such a nifty tune is ‘Behind Enemy Lines’ that is still occasionally used in setlists and was even given an extra push as the UK ‘La La Land’ B-side. A toe-tappable alt-pop gem, it’s short, sweet and amazing. The magic was replicated on Here We Go Again with ‘Every Time You Lie’ as well. See also: ‘World Of Chances’ (written with John Mayer), ‘My Love Is Like A Star’ (written with James Morrison)
1. ‘Skyscraper’ (2011, from Unbroken)
Demi and new colleague Britney Spears have more in common than the tendancy to release high-quality pop. They’ve also had their fair share of personal difficulties. But where they differ is in the aftermath – where Britney has gone into a mangerial lockdown and surrounded herself with people determined to shield her from more press humiliation, Demi has been frank and honest with her fans about her infamous rehab episode, and even channelled it into a song. Recorded during the early sessions for her third album Unbroken (production of which was halted when she was admitted to rehab), the vocal is stained with every personal demon Demi was secretly fighting behind closed doors. It received universal critical acclaim and Twitter appreciation from everyone from Katy Perry to Pete Wentz. Demi didn’t write a word of it herself, but you’re a liar if you say it shows in her performance. Check out this amazing live version too. See also:‘Fix A Heart’, ‘Lightweight’