Meet the Queen of mean! Sharp-tongued Britney Spears has contestants in tears… as Demi Lovato sheds them on X Factor premiere
09:22 GMT, 13 September 2012
eyes were on the new female judges last night as the US X Factor
kicked off its second season.
has dubbed 30-year-old Britney Spears the 'new Queen of Mean' due to her harsh
criticisms of some contestants, and as the first round of auditions got
underway she certainly didn’t disappoint.
think you need to practise a little bit more,' she told 31-year-old salesman
Chad Mosby, before saying to 41-year-old fitness instructor Amy Gibson: 'I
thought it was just kind of bad.'
Queen Of Mean! Britney Spears distinguished herself with her barbed comments as she made her debut on X Factor tonight
'Just kind of bad': Sharp tongued Britney didn't hold back as she slated the contestants
The Toxic singer told 21-year-old student Josh McCoy: 'The singing came in and it
wasn’t very nice' and advised 18-year-old deli worker Will Thomas: You need a
new teacher to teach you how to sing.'
told some contestants they were off-key and lacked the 'wow factor', and
compared another to 'Alvin and the Chipmunks.'
even told one hopeful: 'I think you’re like Vanilla Ice meets Lauryn Hill meets
And when one vocally-challenged contestant, Shawn Armenta, accused Lovato of auto-tuning
her live performances, Spears leapt to her defence.
Moved: When Britney did enjoy a performance she was quick to show it
New best friends Britney and Demi appeared to get on well as they sat sandwiched between Cowell and LA Reid
want to know who let you on stage,' she told the 50-year-old airline baggage
handler, whose rendition of his original song Candy Girl was painful to watch.
feel uncomfortable with you even staring at me,' she said.
possibly fearing for the safety of his Mr Nasty title, joked: 'And everybody
thinks I’m the mean one.'
Cowell showed his softer side last night as he was won over
by a heart-wrenching tale of bullying from a US X Factor contestant.
Tears: Demi Lovato couldn't control her emotions as a contestant shared her tale of bullying
52-year-old music mogul choked back tears and wafted his watery eyes with his
notepad after 19-year-old Jillian Jensen gave an emotional rendition of Who
You Are by British pop sensation Jessie J.
really felt for her,' he told his fellow judges. 'The only time in my life I
lost it. I’ve never ever done that.'
judge Demi Lovato, who struck an immediate bond with Jillian due to her own
experiences as bullying victim, jokingly told him: “Oh! You have a heart.”
Mr Nasty But Simon Cowell appears to have softened with age, wiping away tears as he appeared on the X Factor tonight
The full line-up: LA Reid, Demi Lovato, Britney Spears and Simon Cowell make their debut
a part-time piano teacher from Rochester, Massachusetts, became tearful as she
stood on the X Factor stage and told the judges how she had been teased
described how the bullies would prank call her and mock her songs, and said she
used music to overcome her sadness.
explained how 20-year-old Lovato had been an inspiration to her and said she
even has a tattoo that reads “Stay strong” – the same words Lovato has inked on
Moving: Bullied Jillian Jensen gave an emotional rendition of Who You Are by British pop sensation Jessie J
both up here. The bullies that bullied us, they’re at home watching us on TV,”
the ‘Skyscraper’ singer said reassuringly.
receiving a standing ovation from the live audience following her soulful
audition in Providence, Rhode Island, Jillian broke down in tears on stage.
quickly rushed up to comfort the teenager, telling her: 'I know exactly what
you’ve gone through. I made it through it and I know you can too.'
The new Rihanna 21-year-old mother-of-one Paige Thomas, drew immediate comparisons with the star thanks to her side-shaved hairstyle and impressive vocals
Judge's favourite: LA Reid, who discovered Rihanna, noted the similarities and said: 'There was something very special about her and I see that same something special in you.'
Jillian through to the boot camp stage of the show, all four judges were
overcome with emotion and full of praise for the music teacher.
thought that was incredible,' Cowell said, while Britney Spears told the
contestant: 'I really don’t think you should be crying right now. You were so
producer L.A. Reid said: 'I have never ever heard anybody take their
experiences, take their pain, take their emotions and pour it into a song like
Sparring partner: Demi kept Simon in check with a series of cheeky comments
added: 'I cannot believe how amazing that just was. When you sang, you broke my
and Lovato, meanwhile, played up to the friendly rivalry that they are said to
have enjoyed on set.
who has been romantically linked to One Direction member Niall Horan, could
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Fesity little firecracker: Jennel Garcia, 18, from Rochester, Massachusetts, got four yeses from the panel after her rocking rendition of Grace Potter and the Nocturnals song Paris (Ooh La La)
She's got the moves: Cowell compared her to a young Pat Benatar
by Cowell if she had kissed the Irish boy band star, she laughed and said: 'No!
That’s a weird question.'
the contestants to receive positive feedback from all four judges was
13-year-old Justin Bieber lookalike Reed Deming from San Antonio, Texas.
panel were skeptical about the schoolboy’s vocal abilities as he performed ‘It
Will Rain’ by Bruno Mars, but put him through to the next round after allowing
him to try a second Bruno Mars hit Grenade.
Haven't we seen you before Justin Bieber lookalike Reed Deming from San Antonio, Texas, won over the judges
Giving it his all: The youngster was a particular hit with Demi
band Emblem 3, from Huntington Beach, California had the girls in the audience
screaming before they had even sung a note of their original song ‘Sunset
who had to stop Lovato flirting with the three teen boys – brothers Keaton and
Wesley Stromberg and Drew Chadwick, told them: 'I predict big things for you
Garcia, 18, from Rochester, Massachusetts, got four yeses from the panel after
her rocking rendition of Grace Potter and the Nocturnals song Paris (Ooh La
Cowell compared her to a young Pat Benatar, Reid told the high school graduate
she was a 'feisty little fireball'.
And its a yes! Cowell gives a contestant the thumbs up
He's back! LA Reid shows his displeasure as a contestant fails to impress
judges also gushed about 21-year-old mother-of-one Paige Thomas, who drew
immediate comparisons with Rihanna thanks to her side-shaved hairstyle.
nursing student from San Antonio, Texas, struggled to fight back tears after
her performance of Mary J Blige hit I’m Goin’ Down brought huge cheers from
who discovered Rihanna, noted the similarities and said: 'There was something
very special about her and I see that same something special in you.'
panel were also won over by Paige’s three-year-old daughter Jade, who ran on
stage to hug her mother at the end of her audition.
Brothers: Boy band Emblem 3, from Huntington Beach, California had the girls in the audience screaming before they had even sung a note of their original song Sunset Boulevard
Spears looked particularly smitten, waving and grinning at the youngster from
was less love, however, for 22-year-old Texan bank teller Kaci Newton, who was
shown making catty comments backstage about her fellow contestants.
a shaky performance of Katy Perry hit ‘Firework’, Cowell told her she was
“annoying” and said: “It sounded like you were dying. If you were dying and
suffering and singing, I think that’s what it would sound like.”
music mogul also compared 22-year-old actor Vincent Thomas with a boy band
member who couldn’t sing after he gave a less-than-inspiring rendition of Elton
John classic Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word.
Diamond girl: Honest Britney shared her opinions as she sat on the judging panel
Intense: All the judges showed their emotions as they were forced to end the dreams of many hopefuls
was no shortage of off-the-wall contestants too, including 24-year-old Saane
Dakunivosa who auditioned in a tropical outfit with an extravagant flower
accessory on her shoulder.
Avey got noticed for all the wrong reasons as Cowell described the 32-year-old
bartender as a 'raving lunatic' following his on-stage pelvic thrusts.
Lovato was forced to ask 57-year-old jobseeker Charles Spangler if he was drunk
after his somewhat strange interpretation of Soft Cell’s Tainted Love.
Disturbing: 'I want to know who let you on stage,' Britney told 50-year-old airline baggage handler Shawn Armenta
decorator Quatrele Da’an Smith also left the judges open-mouthed as he arrived
on stage wearing a bridal veil, women’s pants, fishnet tights and bright pink
while 56-year-old Reid said a firm 'no', his fellow judges were won over by the
eccentric 21-year-old’s rendition of Lady Gaga hit Born This Way.
you imagine Madonna, Bobby Brown and Dracula had a child, it would be you. But
in a weird way I quite liked it,' Cowell said. 'Sometimes I have to embrace the
madness and today I am.'
He went through! Cake decorator Quatrele Daan Smith also left the judges open-mouthed as he arrived on stage wearing a bridal veil, womens pants, fishnet tights and bright pink lipstick
meanwhile, was confronted with a tough blast from the past as she watched an
audition by 32-year-old vocal coach Don Philip.
who dueted with the pop princess 10 years ago, was desperately hoping to
impress her, but his vocals weren’t up to scratch as he sang Beyonce hit Halo.
feel like through the years, maybe you’ve gone through a lot of hardship and
battles, like your voice really isn’t up to the bar of the standards of the X
Factor and what we want,' Spears told him as he sobbed on stage.
That's a no: Having dueted with Britney ten years ago Don Philip was hoping for another shot at fame, but it wasn't to be
receiving a 'no' from all four judges, Don broke down backstage and said he
feared he had 'hurt' Spears.
told Cowell: 'That was hard. Sometimes it’s kind of hard because I know what
they’ve been through.'
second season of the US X Factor, which has a $5 million recording contract on
offer to the winner, continues tonight.
Tough moment: Britney was pleased to see her old duet partner again, but was honest in telling him she didn't rate his voice
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