Demi Lovato appeared ready to steal the spotlight on the new US X Factor, reports Rolling Stone. The judges listened to 31 singers and groups audition for a chance at a $5 million recording contract. When Britney’s turn came to critique singers, she remained encouraging and positive, giving the most ‘yes’ votes of any of the judges and keeping her comments short and declarative instead of engaging with contestants.
Demi playfully flirting with male contestants (‘she is single now’ became a common refrain from Cowell) and giving insightful comments at every chance, the teen star drew laughs and cheers from the crowd, along with several stunned, open-mouth stares from Cowell as the two verbally sparred.
It was those times when the interaction between the contestants and the judges produced the types of moments that show executives hope will increase ratings following the ouster of first-year judges Cheryl Cole, Nicole Scherzinger and former Idol judge Paula Abdul. Take the moment when Cowell, 52, admitted to taking a liking to a charismatic 22 year-old contestant, who returned his affection.
“It’s too bad we didn’t meet 10 years from now,” Cowell said with a wink before Lovato drily countered, “More like 30 years.” Startled and momentarily silenced, Cowell responded, “Demi, you’re going into the naughty chair.” It was the first of at least three such utterances on the day that Cowell lobbed at Lovato, suggesting viewers and audiences can expect many more charged jabs between the two this season.
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