Demi Lovato on Britney & L.A. Leaving 'X Factor'


With Britney Spears and L.A. Reid not returning to join her on the judging panel for Season 3 of The X Factor, Demi Lovato shared her experience working with the two of them this past year.

"Of course I was bummed because I loved working with Britney and L.A. is so much fun to sit next to," Lovato told ETonline's Jarett Wieselman at Tuesday's FOX Upfronts.

Both departed judges cited their music careers as the grounds for their exit, Spears mentioning her upcoming album and Reid referring to his record company. Although disappointed to watch the two go, Lovato revealed that she was eager to find out who will be hired to replace them.

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"It's going to be really interesting to see who ends up being next to [Simon and I at the judges' table], but for right now it's kind of cool that that it's just me and him here today."

Although the show, which is based on the U.K.'s X Factor created by Simon Cowell, is only in its infancy in the U.S., Lovato is the only celebrity judge to make it to a second season, as Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger were replaced after Season 1.

Now with the experience of her first season under her belt, the 20-year-old pop star articulated on the strategic changes that she plans to make for Season 3.

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"I tried to control so much of it [last season]. I wanted my contestants to wear this and do this. ... I needed to relax and just let them be themselves and just have fun," Lovato assessed.

"This year, instead of looking for that overall pop-star package, I'm going to try a different approach and just see if I can find somebody that would do great in the industry but also just have the most incredible voice. That's what I'm really looking for."

As for her own music career, Lovato was able to record her fourth studio album while being a judge on X Factor. She revealed what most excited her about the self-titled album, Demi.

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"I'm so excited for people to hear the heavy, emotional songs that showcase my artistry [and] my vocal abilities," the "Heart Attack" singer said. "Also, I'm just excited for people to hear the really catchy pop songs that are going to get stuck in your head and drive you crazy. I love torturing you with that."

Lovato will appear on The X Factor's third season when it premieres in September and her new album, Demi, will be released tomorrow.