Demi Lovato on Bullying and The X Factor

Demi Lovato is the youngest to sit on The X Factor’s panel of judges next to newcomer, pop icon, Britney Spears and industry veterans, L.A. Reid, and the show’s creator, Simon Cowell.

The X Factor judge, Simon Cowell was initially impressed with the 20 year old singer’s confidence, but finds her a bit annoying at times.

“She is very confident, very bright, and a bit annoying,” Simon shared.

Demi maybe new to The X Factor platform and judging; however she has had an accomplished career as a singer and actress. Her credits include, “Sonny With a Chance,” “Camp Rock,” and “Princess Protection Program.” Her acting career began at age 10, which makes her new career move ideal that plays well with the younger demographic and audience, and puts her into a mentorship position.

“You never know what you can expect when you step out in front of that audience, and you sit in the judge’s panel. It is very unpredictable,” she said.

The X Factor is just as she expected and more. She finds it fun, difficult at times, but overall a learning process. She also revealed, “It‘s a lot more challenging than I thought it would be, but I am very excited of putting everything that I have into it. It is going to be a really great show.”

As an artist, Demi also had to earn her way by making sacrifices and working hard to market her brand. Her first single “Skyscraper” from her latest album, “Unbroken” went platinum. The video of her latest single, “Give Your Heart a Break” has more than 20 million views on Youtube.

“You have to make a lot of sacrifices and work very hard,” she said.

Early this year, Demi was the target of cyber-bullying, which she took to twitter to fight back those who harassed her. She later debuted her Demi Lavoto: Stay Strong eating and cutting disorder documentary on MTV.

Some consider judging the contestants on The X Factor in some way maybe perceived as a subtle form of bullying, yet acceptable. Instead, she will offer constructive criticism in areas deserving.

“I think bullying is something that‘s totally different than criticism. I feel when you are giving criticism you‘re only trying to help somebody with their performance or their voice or whatever. Definitely, there could be a fine line between some jokes.” she said. “Ultimately, I‘m just having fun, and trying to give them criticism.”

Her criticism towards Christina Aguilera was light. Recently, Christina launched an attack on Britney Spears reviving a teen rivalry. Demi wants no part of this. She admits, “There is a little ice there.” But she is focused on The X Factor and finding a superstar. And that she “has a job in this economy.”

Unlike Simon, she had good praises for her fellow judges. She finds L.A. Reid and Britney to be amazing. She thinks Britney is doing a great job.

“I feel like the world hasn’t really gotten a chance to see her personality over the past couple of years, and now this is the perfect opportunity for people to really see the light inside of her just shine. She is witty, funny, and I have such a good time working with her.”

Since politics is on the tongue of everyone these days, I wanted her to weigh in on the presidential candidates to find out who had The X Factor. Demi has learned never to talk about religion and politics in the spotlight, but agreed “they both are great speakers; they both have The X Factor. They are both nominated for a reason.”


The live auditions in front of an audience of thousands continue on the second part of the two-night season premiere of THE X FACTOR. Don’t miss the unbelievable auditions as judges Simon Cowell, Britney Spears, Demi Lovato, and L.A. Reid continue their search to find the next global superstar or breakout music group worthy of a $5 million recording contract with Syco/Sony Music. Find out who will bring the judges and audience to their feet and who will leave the stage in tears in “Auditions #2,” the second part of the two-night Season Two premiere of THE X FACTOR airing Thursday, Sept. 13 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.


Interviewed by Daedrian McNaughton | Premier Guide Media

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