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X Factor In Austin, Texas: How Did New Judges Britney Spears And Demi Lovato Do?

May 26, 2012 09:01 AM by Martha Zaborowski

Britney Spears and Demi Lovato joined Simon Cowell and LA Reid at the judges’ table for FOX‘s X Factor auditions in Austin, Texas. Did Britney walk out during auditions? Who flirted with the male contestants? Who got booed? Read on for the highlights.

Demi Lovato is feisty. And maybe a bit of an aegist! She called Simon Cowell “grandpa, “old and impatient,” and after he proclaimed Demi said he was handsome, she replied: “no, that was my mom!” Apparently they have a bit of a fun feud in which @SimonCowell tweeted that Demi was “very, very, very annoying,” and Demi (@ddlavato) tweeted that if he were a food, he would be “crustaroni and cheese.” According to reports on the scene, Demi was quick to tell contestants whether they had “the X factor,” and was also quick to flirt with cute male contestants! “I love a country boy,” she told a cutie with a southern accent.

Britney Spears says much more than “y’all.” Britney Spears, a perennial people-pleaser and a bit of a Nervous Nelly lately, would need to contribute actual critiques to be worth her reported $15 million dollar paycheck. And so far, it sounds like she is invested…but maybe not as much as he other judges. She walked off for a “break” for a stretch of four contestants during the first day of auditions, alarming the crowd to the point where some shouted: “Where’s Britney?” According to TMZ, Britney is allowed to take breaks whenever she’d like per her contract.

But she did create some water cooler moments. She told a contestant who could not sing, “I feel like you need a new teacher to teach you how to sing,” called someone the “next Justin Bieber” while complimenting his singing runs, and sweetly told a below average contestant: “I like your hat.” She was, however, booed at one point, after gushing over an average contestant. LA Reid playfully responded: “You cannot boo Britney Spears!” A tweeter on the scene said the following about Britney Spears’ judging performance: “If Britney says “magical” “endearing” or “effortless” one more time I might shoot myself” and “HUGE @britneyspears  fan but her responses are generic. She surprises me here and there but overall, she could do better.” The tweeter also complained that Demi was teasing Simon a little too often, but a few other people on the scene said they had good chemistry.

Both Britney and Demi dance! There were some shades of Paula Abdul from Britney and Demi as both ladies would get up and dance in their seats if they felt the music, particularly during a hip-hop song.

After reading about the Austin auditions, what do you think? Are you surprised by Britney Spears or Demi Lovato? What would you like to see from the new judges?

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Sources for this article: E!Online, Marc Malkin, The Hollywood Reporter, and TheXFactorUSA Twitter

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3 Responses to “X Factor In Austin, Texas: How Did New Judges Britney Spears And Demi Lovato Do?”

  1. Allie Says:
    May 27th, 2012 at 12:25 am

    I was there and Britney was acting strange the whole night. She told 3 14 year old boys that their performance was “sexy and hot” (the audience collectively gasped), she gave really generic responses, she twirled her extensions into a knot and then tried to pick out the knot during singers performances, after one break she came out in a black trench coat that she left on the rest of the show, she kept trying to get up and her “handlers” were telling her to stay in her chair, the list goes on. We left feeling like she must have been on something.

  2. Rosewood11 Says:
    May 27th, 2012 at 8:15 pm

    Well, I don’t know about Britney. I wish her the best, and I’m sure she’ll get more comfortable as time goes by. But I love the comments from Demi Lovato!!! I am a confirmed “Simonista,” and I’m of a “grandmotherly” age myself, but funny is funny. I can’t wait until this airs just so I can see the look on his face!!! It sounds like Simon’s mom may get that grandchild she’s always wanted–and it won’t even have paws!!!

  3. Steeless Says:
    May 28th, 2012 at 8:19 am

    to pick out the knot during singers performances, after one break she came out in a black trench coat that she left on the rest of the show, she kept trying to get up and her “handlers” were telling her to stay in her chair, the list goes on. We left feeling like she must have been on something.

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