Original 2009 version. Demi Lovato expected Britney Spears to be a diva on X-Factor. She told People: ‘What surprised me the most about Britney is that she’s actually really quirky. You kind of expect a legendary pop star [to] sometimes [be], like, a diva or something, but she’s really not. She’s a sweet, down-to-earth, Southern girl.
At the end of the day, it’s about the contestants. It’s not about us as judges. I think other shows maybe forget that the entire purpose of the competition is to find a superstar, not to get publicity for the wrong [reasons]. I’m having a lot of fun. It’s such a blessing to be on this show.
It came at a time in my life where I really needed something to look forward to in my career. It’s been an amazing opportunity, and getting to sit next to Britney and Simon [Cowell] and LA [Reid] has been an honor. [And] Just being able to mentor girls that I believe in is so, I can’t explain it. It feels so great.’