Britney Spears wows in a cobalt dress as she cements her X Factor judging duties in stone at official premiere of the show


She's electric! Britney Spears wows in a cobalt dress as she cements her X Factor judging duties in stone at official premiere of the show

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08:21 GMT, 12 September 2012

It's fair to say the success of the revamped X Factor is banking on her huge fan base.

And Britney Spears certainly did not disappoint tonight as she electrified the blue carpet in Hollywood for the official premiere of the TV competition.

The singer, 30, flashed a megawatt smile as she waved to a raucous crowd outside of Grauman's Chinese Theatre in a bold cobalt blue dress.

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She's electric! Britney Spears wowed in a cobalt blue dress with floral pattern detail as she attended the premiere of the X Factor at the Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood tonight

She's electric! Britney Spears wowed in a cobalt blue dress with floral pattern detail as she attended the premiere of the X Factor at the Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood tonight

Joined by fellow judges Demi Lovato,
L.A. Reid, and show creator Simon Cowell, Britney made herself the clear
favourite ahead of tomorrow night's premiere.

While her name trended on Twitter, excitement surrounding her appearance seemed to be mutual, with Britney taking to the
micro-blogging website to announce: 'I'm here!!! Just walked the blue
carpet for the #XFactorParty – so exciting!'

Lovato, Cowell and Reid meanwhile
greeted throngs of awaiting fans before the group participated in a
special handprint ceremony.

Set in stone: The pop star got her hands dirty as she performed a hand printing ceremony outside the theatre ahead of the premiere

Set in stone: The pop star got her hands dirty as she performed a hand printing ceremony outside the theatre ahead of the premiere

Nervous at first Britney appeared slightly stiff on the blue carpet at first, but relaxed as she made her way down whilst posing for photographs

Nervous at first Britney appeared slightly stiff on the blue carpet at first, but relaxed as she made her way down whilst posing for photographs

Nervous at first Britney appeared slightly stiff on the blue carpet at first, but relaxed as she made her way down whilst posing for photographs

Demi, who was dressed in a retro-inspired fit-and-flare dress, called the experience of writing her
name – and leaving her prints – in cement outside the famed venue as
'surreal'.

Spears was meanwhile tempted to join
The X Factor by a reported $15 million salary after a 14-year singing
career that made her the world's biggest pop phenomenon of the 2000s.

X Factor creator Cowell is banking on
her huge fan base and a strong curiosity factor to give his show a
second chance with audiences after a disappointing first season in 2011
that attracted about 12.5 million viewers, and ended with the firing of
two judges (Nicole Scherzinger and Paula Abdul) and the host (Steve
Jones).

Looking good: Britney's form-fitting dress expertly displayed her stunning curvaceous figure

Looking good: Britney's form-fitting dress expertly displayed her stunning curvaceous figure

Not the best look: Britney pulled some quirky faces as she signed her name under her hand prints

Not the best look: Britney pulled some quirky faces as she signed her name under her hand prints

Britney Spears and Demi Lovato at The X Factor Season Two Handprint Ceremony

Slightly cautious: Britney Spears looks a little unsure compared to Demi Lovato as they sign their names

Jones is set to be replaced before
live episodes begin in November by a likely male-female duo yet to be
chosen (Kevin McHale of Glee, Kelly Osbourne and Khloe Kardashian are
among the rumored candidates).

And in what TV pundits expect to be a
tough contest for the most viewers, The X Factor returns to Fox
television for a second season on Wednesday, after The Voice moves to
the fall slot on NBC for a three-night season opener, starting on
Monday.

The Voice, which was watched by an
average 15.6million Americans last season, got off to a rocking start on
Monday with judges Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, Adam Levine and
Blake Shelton performing a cover of Rolling Stones hit Start Me Up.

Glamour girl: Fellow judge Demi Lovato looked glamorous in a retro-inspired fit-and-flare dress featuring a bejewelled neckline and sleeves

Glamour girl: Fellow judge Demi Lovato looked glamorous in a retro-inspired fit-and-flare dress featuring a bejewelled neckline and sleeves

Suits you sir: Simon Cowell opted for his obligatory white shirt and jean combination, while L.A. Reid suited up for the occasion

Suits you sir: Simon Cowell opted for his obligatory white shirt and jean combination, while L.A. Reid suited up for the occasion

Suits you sir: Simon Cowell opted for his obligatory white shirt and jean combination, while L.A. Reid suited up for the occasion

Tomorrow the rival shows will compete
head-to-head in a late programming move by NBC that Cowell condemned
last week as a mean-spirited spoiling tactic.

'I think it's going to be a really
tight race. At most, a big name gives a little pop in the ratings at the
beginning,' said James Hibberd, senior entertainment writer with
Entertainment Weekly.

'But the celebrity judges are there
to perform every bit as much as the people on stage, and their charisma
and their wit need to be compelling to the audience,' Hibberd said.

Signing her life away: Demi also knelt down to sign her name into the cement alongside Britney

Signing her life away: Demi also knelt down to sign her name into the cement alongside Britney

Having a ball: The former Disney star let out a little shriek as she put her hands in the cold cement

Having a ball: The former Disney star let out a little shriek as she put her hands in the cold cement

A survey by Yahoo! TV and
Entertainment Weekly showed that 80 per cent of those questioned were
excited about Spears joining X Factor. Some 59 per cent of 18-35 female
viewers said they would tune in to see how Spears, and fellow new judge,
20-year-old singer Demi Lovato, will fare.

Spears is little known outside her stage persona and choreographed sell-out concerts of hit songs like Circus and Toxic.

But according to advance clips of
early audition rounds, she has a sharp tongue for poor singers, and she
is being promoted as competing with the sarcastic Cowell himself as the
nasty judge on the show.

Loving it: Simon Cowell left a friendly message for fans while Britney Spears drew a rudimentary flower

Loving it: Simon Cowell left a friendly message for fans while Britney Spears drew a rudimentary flower

Loving it: Simon Cowell left a friendly message for fans while Britney Spears drew a rudimentary flower

Easy to Reid: L.A. proved to be a clear draftsman while Demi Lovato had a more flowery style

Easy to Reid: L.A. proved to be a clear draftsman while Demi Lovato had a more flowery style

Easy to Reid: L.A. proved to be a clear draftsman while Demi Lovato had a more flowery style

Four's not a crowd: The four judges cosied up for a happy snap

Four's not a crowd: The four judges cosied up for a happy snap

Britney Spears with Jason TradwickThe X Factor Season Two Handprint Ceremony

Just the two of us: Britney Spears is joined by her fiance Jason Tradwick

'She is surprisingly quite mean. She is difficult to please,' Cowell told reporters last week.

But Hibberd noted that Spears was not well known for any off-stage wit.

'That's not to say she won't succeed.
I am sure the first couple of episodes she will be packaged well and
there will be some strong curiosity tune-in. But everything you know
about Britney isn't really going to matter two weeks after the
premiere,' he said.

Electrifying: Britney waves to fans at the special screening of The X Factor in Hollywood on Tuesday night

Electrifying: Britney waves to fans at the special screening of The X Factor in Hollywood on Tuesday night

Simon Cowell

She's on board: Simon Cowell, left, recently spoke about Britney Spears' nerves ahead of her appearance on the show

She's on board: Simon Cowell, left, recently spoke about Britney Spears' nerves ahead of her appearance on the show

Bold and beautiful: The singer flashed a megawatt smile as she was led into the event

Bold and beautiful: The singer flashed a megawatt smile as she was led into the event

So is X Factor sharper now that first-year judges Scherzinger and Abdul are out and Britney Spears and Demi Lovato are in

Yes, said Cowell, with the new judges and new producers making a difference.

'The show looks better and feels better than what we did a year ago. I can see an improvement. I'm happy with it,' he said.

Not forgetting her fans: The success of the revamped X Factor is hanging on the pop star's huge fan base

Not forgetting her fans: The success of the revamped X Factor is hanging on the pop star's huge fan base

Holding back: Britney Spears looks like she trying not to laugh at something

Holding back: Britney Spears looks like she trying not to laugh at something

Spears and Lovato are 'doing great,'
according to Cowell. 'With Britney, everybody expects there's going to
be some kind of car crash with her. But it's not. She's very switched
on, very focused. … She has good taste and from working with her you
can understand why she's lasted so long in the industry.

'She totally understands the music business and understands the difference between a good singer and a potential star.'

But Lovato said viewers were in for a surprise.

Quick snap: Demi Lovato posed with a fan as she made her way to the blue carpet

Quick snap: Demi Lovato posed with a fan as she made her way to the blue carpet

Going for retro: The singer and actress looked stunning her attire

Going for retro: The singer and actress looked stunning her attire

'I feel like the world hasn't really
got a chance to see her (Britney's) personality over the last couple of
years and now this is the perfect opportunity for people to see. She is
very witty and funny and quirky,' the former Disney Channel star told
reporters.

Cowell is also aware that it takes
more than new judges – however famous – to make a show that will
distinguish itself in a saturated TV talent show field.

He says X Factor – which was seen by
many critics last year as a virtual copycat of long-running American
Idol on which he was a judge – has seen major tweaks this year.

Leaving their marks: The X Factor judges all put their hands in cement as part of the ceremony

Leaving their marks: The X Factor judges all put their hands in cement as part of the ceremony

The man behind the show: The X Factor creator Simon Cowell smirked behind his sunglasses as he talked to eager fans

The man behind the show: The X Factor creator Simon Cowell smirked behind his sunglasses as he talked to eager fans

It will have more of a reality show
element, with lots of behind the scenes action, and later more focus on
the judges and the mentoring process of the aspiring stars.

'You have got to make a different show to everybody else, otherwise they all blur into one,' Cowell said.

'There is a lot more reality than we
have ever shown before. If you have ever wondered what it's like to be
on one of these shows, this show is a real glimpse of how stressful it
is for the contestants,' he said.

Season 2 of the show premieres on Wednesday, September 12.

She's back! Britney looked put together as she posed on the blue carpet in a beautiful cobalt dress

She's back! Britney looked put together as she posed on the blue carpet in a beautiful cobalt dress

I have an announcement: The star posted this message on Twitter, and began trending shortly after

I have an announcement: The star posted this message on Twitter, and began trending shortly after

The new X Factor: (L-R) Judges L.A. Reid, Demi Lovato, Britney Spears and Simon Cowell pictured during filming for the TV competition in Austin, Texas on May 24

The new X Factor: (L-R) Judges L.A. Reid, Demi Lovato, Britney Spears and Simon Cowell pictured during filming for the TV competition in Austin, Texas on May 24

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