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Demi Lovato Tired of Nagging Simon Cowell

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Demi Lovato with Simon Cowell and Britney SpearsDemi Lovato is tired of being nagged by Simon Cowell

The 19-year-old singer admits the X Factor chief tries to keep her and fellow panelists L.A. Reid and Britney Spears in line during filming of the talent search contest, but she isn't afraid to stand up to his bossiness.

"Simon's great, but he nags on me so much that I don't know if I can take it any longer. I'm a brat. I'm annoying. But I give it back to him," she said.

While Demi has clashed with Simon, she has made a firm friend in L.A., who says they will be best friends forever (BFFs): "Britney is such a massive star that it's slightly intimidating. She's really sweet, just really loving and charming, but she's intimidating because she's such a big star. [Demi] is like my BBF for life. BFFL. She's really too good to be so young."

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Britney Spears Demanded Equal Pay to Jennifer Lopez

Britney SpearsBritney Spears demanded her X Factor pay deal was higher than Jennifer Lopez's earnings for American Idol.

The "Toxic" singer eventually agreed to a $15 million payment for one season of the US version of the Simon Cowell-fronted talent show, $3 million more than the "On The Floor" hitmaker gained for her first season on the rival program.

"Britney's bottom line was no less than $13 million," a source said. However it is also believed she initially asked for as much as $20 million, before eventually settling on the final sum.

The deal is said to have made bosses on American Idol particularly nervous as they think Jennifer now may up her demands for the show despite ratings falling in the last season.

It is believed X Factor bosses were so desperate to sign up Britney for the second season of the show they gave her permission to do whatever she wanted, which she did at her first taping of the show in Austin, Texas when she walked out during four auditions: "Simon Cowell is a smart and shrewd businessman who knew Britney could make his show and he was willing to give her just about anything to come on board - and he did."


Simon Cowell Blasts The Voice

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Simon CowellSimon Cowell has taken a swipe at The Voice.

The TV mogul is currently judging hopeful singers for the second series of The X Factor in the US and told one contestant they would be better off auditioning for rival show The Voice - where the judges don't see what contestants look like before they pick them.

After the singer's audition, fellow panelist L.A. Reid told them, "If you decide to try out again, please do it on another show."

"Yes, the good news is I hear The Voice auditions are happening next week," Simon added.

This is not the first time Simon has blasted the rival show, having previously said he thought it would be better as a radio show: "That show [The Voice] puzzles me because it starts off and 'it's all about the voice.' So my first thought is: 'Why isn't this on radio?' because what's the point in looking at them. Then suddenly I'm watching it a week or two weeks ago and it's the same as The X Factor. They've got dancers behind them, graphics, lights. Same show. I see a lot of shows trying to rip us off. If you try and rip somebody off it always looks like a bad copy."


Rod Stewart to Guest Judge ‘The X Factor’

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Rod StewartRod Stewart is due to guest judge on The X Factor (UK).


The 67-year-old rock star has been signed up to take part while Simon Cowell finds a replacement for Kelly Rowland. 
Auditions begin on Wednesday in Liverpool and the "I Don't Want To Talk About It" singer is expected to be on the panel for two show.


"Rod is a genuine living legend and exactly what the show needs. The details are still to be ironed out but it looks like he'll be at the auditions next month in London and possibly Glasgow because of his Scottish heritage.
 He's sold more than 100 million records worldwide so he knows exactly what it takes to succeed in the tough world of showbusiness, and hopefully he'll also be a big draw for viewers who might not have been fans of The X Factor before.
It's a big coup to get him involved and Simon Cowell is absolutely thrilled," a source said.

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Demi Lovato Will be a Positive ‘X Factor’ Role Model

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Demi LovatoNewly appointed X Factor judge Demi Lovato will be a good role model to the pop hopefuls.

The "Skyscraper" singer was confirmed to be joining the panel of the TV talent show along with Britney Spears on Monday taking their places alongside Simon Cowell and L.A. Reid.

Demi, 19, has openly battled and overcome depression, drug-use and bulimia and experts believe she "could potentially" be a positive influence on the young contestants. "Demi has been outspoken and inspiring to others about how you pick yourself up after you've been down. She may be very good, because she cares a lot. Let's hope that she uses that to be a fair and empathic judge. She could potentially be a good role model for others," clinical psychologist Vivian Diller, Ph.D., told Celebuzz.

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Britney Spears and Demi Lovato Confirmed for X Factor

Britney Spears and Demi LovatoBritney Spears and Demi Lovato have been officially confirmed as X Factor judges.

The pop singers will join Simon Cowell and L.A. Reid on the panel of the US version of the TV talent show as replacements for Nicole Scherzinger and Paula Abdul, it was announced at Fox's Upfront Presentation at the Beacon Theatre in New York today.

"I couldn't be more excited to join The X Factor judging panel. I'm a huge fan of the show and now I get to be a part of the action. Simon and L.A. better watch out," Britney said in a statement.

Demi described her new role as a dream come true: "I'm so thrilled to join this legendary group of judges on the show. To be able to spend each week with Simon, L.A. and Britney watching the best that America has to offer is truly a dream come true."

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Miley Cyrus to Join X Factor?

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Miley CyrusMiley Cyrus is in talks to join The X Factor.

The "Climb" hitmaker has reportedly been approached by Simon Cowell's team and is said to be in negotiations to take one of the two places on the judging panel left vacant after the departure of Nicole Scherzinger and Paula Abdul.

"There have been talks with Miley," a source told Celebuzz.

If Miley, 19, does take up the role she will join Simon, L.A. Reid and most likely Britney Spears, on the show. Simon has previously confirmed talks with Britney, saying, "I would love to have her on the show ... I think she would be a fascinating person to sit next to." One of the sticking points delaying the agreement has previously been cited as the number of series she would have to commit to. "Money is not an issue for the show. As of now, they are looking to pay her $12-15million for the first season, with a drastic price hike for a second year based on ratings performance. Simon Cowell wants at least a two-year commitment and Britney wants an out clause if she doesn't want to continue after one year of service," a source said.


Britney Spears Nearing X Factor Deal

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Britney SpearsBritney Spears is close to signing a deal to appear on The X Factor.

The singer is said to be in the "final stretch" of negotiations with Simon Cowell to become a judge on the singing show. Deadline.com added the final pay deal with see Britney earn "probably closer to $15 million" for the series, after it was previously reported she turned down a $10 million offer. The star's pay will exceed the $12 million which Jennifer Lopez makes from starring in rival series American Idol.

Simon is looking for two judges to replace Nicole Scherzinger and Paula Abdul, who were axed after the first series of The X Factor after ratings didn't meet expectations. He and music executive L.A. Reid will stay on the panel.

One of the sticking points in negotiations between Britney and Simon was reportedly the number of series she would have to commit to. "Money is not an issue for the show. As of now, they are looking to pay her $12-15 million for the first season, with a drastic price hike for a second year based on ratings performance. Simon Cowell wants at least a two-year commitment and Britney wants an out clause if she doesn't want to continue after one year of service," a source said.

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Fergie Wants X Factor Job

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Fergie at this year's GrammysFergie wants a job on The X Factor.

The Black Eyed Peas star - real name Stacy Ferguson - has asked to meet with Simon Cowell to discuss a possible job as a judge on the show, taking one of the slots left by Nicole Scherzinger and Paula Abdul who were sacked after the end of the first series.

"There have been some conversations. It's in the early stages, but Fergie's the one who approached the producers about joining the panel," a source told Life&Style.

Fergie is one of a large number of female singers who have been linked to the job - including Britney Spears, Adele and LeAnn Rimes. However, "Hold It Against Me" hitmaker Britney is reportedly holding out for a huge paycheck before she takes part.

"Money is not an issue for the show. As of now, they are looking to pay her $12-15 million for the first season, with a drastic price hike for a second year based on ratings performance. Simon Cowell wants at least a two-year commitment and Britney wants an out clause if she doesn't want to continue after one year of service," a source said.


Simon Cowell Wants Stella McCartney for ‘X Factor’?

Stella McCartneySimon Cowell reportedly wants Stella McCartney to dress The X Factor contestants.

The 52-year-old music mogul apparently hopes to follow in the footsteps of rival American Idol - which recently joined forces with Tommy Hilfiger - and get an established designer on the show to improve the style of competitors.

"Simon is a big fan of Stella's. He has been for ages. He's in negotiations with her at the moment to get her to design a few special pieces for some of the finalists. It will be great for the show if it comes off," a source said.

Meanwhile Simon is also said to be keen to get Stacy Keibler - the former wrestler and current girlfriend of George Clooney - to replace Steve Jones as host on the US version of the show.

"Stacy Keibler is in talks to join the show, but her lack of experience in the music business may make her more appropriate as a host. She looks fantastic and has bags of charisma," a source said.

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