Having worked with Demi Lovato and Britney Spears for several weeks, Simon Cowell expressed his opinions on the two new judges of "The X Factor (US)". Speaking to reporters at the Television Critics Association press tour on Monday, July 23 via satellite from Miami, the British music producer claimed that both singers were tougher than him and L.A. Reid.
"They are harder to please than me or [L.A. Reid]," Cowell said of Lovato and Spears, who join the judging panel in the show's sophomore season. "They are very happy giving people a 'no.' They definitely have their own opinions, but that's why we hired them."
Gushing about Lovato in particular, Cowell said with a laugh, "Demi is a brat." He added, "There's something really likable about her as well and I think the show, because it has such a young audience, I think it needed someone younger for the people who watch the show, 'cause I'm in my 30s. It's worked brilliantly."
Confirming that Spears would not hesitate to give harsh comments, the former "American Idol" judge stated, "Britney's quite mean, which you'll discover." However, Lovato disagreed with his statement and claimed, "She's tough, she's not mean. She's a sweetheart who is very honest," to which Cowell replied, "As sweet as a lemon."
Despite their different opinions on each other as well as on the talents, Cowell said all the judges "seem to be getting along really well."
Meanwhile, Spears made use of the opportunity to explain her reason to join the reality show. "I feel like being able to be on a show where you can give back and help people achieve their dream is just really interesting to me... It's different from anything I've ever done," she shared. The "Womanizer" songstress also denied speculation that she accepted the job to boost her singing career, insisting, "It's purely on the fact I love the show."
"The X Factor (US)" season 2 will premiere Wednesday, September 12 at 8/7c on FOX. After filming the auditions in several cities, they are currently in Miami to shoot the boot camp phase.