The two-part second season premiere of The X Factor begins tonight (and continues tomorrow) at 8pm on FOX! This season, judges Demi Lovato and Britney Spears join the table, along with L.A. Reid and Simon Cowell -- and we could not be more excited to see them! In honor of tonight's premiere, we caught up with Simon Cowell and Demi Lovato to get the inside scoop about what we can expect from this season! (The next One Direction, perhaps?)
J-14: Now that you've had to spend all this time together at auditions, it makes sense that all the judges have become friends -- but what were your first impressions of each other?
Simon Cowell: My first recollection was Demi saying to me, "You're much better looking in real life."
Demi Lovato: Of course, of course. I totally said that.
Simon Cowell: I thought she was very confident, very bright -- then became quite annoying. But she knew what she was talking about.
J-14: Even though the first few audition episodes don't have a host, do you know who'll be hosting the show during the competition rounds?
Simon Cowell: We've screen-tested quite a few people. My gut feeling is we'll probably go with a boy and a girl who haven't had any hosting experience because I think that might make it more interesting.
J-14: Demi, what was it like working with a pop legend like Britney Spears? Were you star-struck at all?
Demi Lovato: L.A. and Britney are so amazing. I feel like they are doing just a great job, especially Britney. The world hasn't really gotten a chance to see her personality over the past couple of years and this is the perfect opportunity for people to really see the light inside of her shine. She's very witty and funny and quirky and I just have such a good time working with her.
J-14: 'The X Factor' has launched the careers of some huge superstars -- like One Direction and Cher Lloyd. What did they do correctly to become worldwide stars?
Simon Cowell: I think you've got to work hard. You've got to have that killer instinct. You've got to be marketable. You've got to prove to record producers and songwriters that you deserve to have the best material, and you've got to use the show as a launch pad and acknowledge the show and the part that it played.
Demi Lovato: You have to go through so much to be able to make it to where you are. You have to make a lot of sacrifices. You have to be willing to not get a lot of sleep. [But this competition] is not just about getting on stage and who has the best voice and who has the best performance. It's about making a pop star, and ultimately, signing someone who has what it takes performance-wise and also drive-wise.
J-14: What about this season is different than season one of The X Factor or any season of 'The X Factor UK'?
Simon Cowell: We've allowed the audience to see even more of the audition process than what they've seen before. There is a lot of stuff backstage. You're definitely seeing way more of how the contestants interact with each other and how they prepare for the auditions.
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