By Zachary Swickey
The upcoming revamped second season of Fox’s “The X Factor” is sure to be interesting now that Britney Spears and Demi Lovato have replaced Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger as judges alongside industry vet L.A. Reid and the program’s mastermind, Simon Cowell.
Season two doesn’t kick off until September 12, but auditions are well underway for the program. A new YouTube vid interview posted on “X Factor’s” official account provides a glimpse into the season two auditions in Providence, Rhode Island.
We’re first shown the dramatic entrance from the individual judges as they exit their limos and walk the red carpet with fans screaming wildly. Cowell’s entrance is a little more comical as he is seen driving a small scooter – complete with several motorcycle patrolmen escorting him – and sneaking in through a back entrance that appears to be fan-free (what a party pooper).
In the interview, Spears is asked if she’ll let any guys through simply because they’re cute – something Reid and Cowell have admittedly been guilty of when it comes to female contestants. “I think it does help a little bit if the guy is somewhat handsome,” she says, “but I feel like for the most part we try to boil it down to talent.”
Lovato explained how difficult it can be sitting in the judge’s chair, saying, “You’re always thinking in the back of your mind, if you say no, what if that is their only shot? And you let them go when they weren’t really that bad? It’s confusing, but it’s everything I expected and more with having fun and bonding with the cast.”
“Everyone’s really great except Simon,” Lovato joked about her fellow judges. The singer seems to have plenty of nostalgic love for Spears in particular, saying, “I grew up listening to her [Spears] so it’s really awesome sitting next to her on the panel.”
Spears returned the love, saying, “Same for her [Lovato] too. I totally admire her work and everything that she’s done. It’s fun!”