Put it away, Simon! Cowell looks scruffy (and slightly height-challenged) in unbuttoned shirt and jeans as he unveils new X Factor USA panel
10:03 GMT, 15 May 2012
With two stunning young women joining him on the X Factor USA panel, Simon Cowell should really have pushed the boat out style-wise for the official unveiling of the new line-up yesterday.
But instead of going for the dapper approach like his fellow male judge L.A. Reid in a smart suit, the music mogul opted for his usual attire of a white shirt and scruffy jeans as he posed alongside Reid, and new additions to the judging panel, Britney Spears and Demi Lovato.
Cowell ensured his shirt was sufficiently plunging as he spoke to reporters on stage at New York's Beacon Theatre.
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Put it away, Simon! Cowell looked scruffy in an unbuttoned shirt and jeans as he launched the new X Factor USA judging panel in New York yesterday
However, even Cowell's chest hair
wasn't enough to distract from the noticeable height difference between
the X Factor mogul and his fellow judges.
he stood on the stage, Cowell looked to be the same height as both
Britney and Demi, who were both wearing heels, and only slightly taller
than record label boss Reid.
Following the unveiling of the new-look panel, Cowell headed out for dinner with his fellow judges at ABC Kitchen in New York.
Announcement: Cowell was joined on stage by new judges Britney Spears and Demi Lovato, as well as returning judge L.A. Reid
Excited: The quartet all looked in good spirits as they discussed the return of the programme
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The official announcement about the next series of the show came after weeks of speculation surrounding the new judges, with names including Miley Cyrus being thrown around.
Confirming new judges Britney, 30, and 19-year-old Demi, Cowell tweeted: 'Simon could barely hide his delight, tweeting: 'Can't believe it's finally happened. Very exciting!'
While Demi is believed to be getting just up of $1million for her role on the show, Britney is thought to have
negotiated a $15million pay packet to be a panellist on the programme.
Britney and Demi will replace Paula
Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger – who were axed after poor ratings on last
year's debut series – sitting alongside show boss Simon and music
My lovely ladies: Simon looked like the cat that got the cream as he posed up with Britney and Demi backstagea after the announcement
Competing for attention: Britney opted for a figure-hugging white dress while Demi went for a geometric outfit
New look panel: Demi is thought to have been offered just above $1million to take the role, while Britney is believed to have negotiated a $15million pay packet
Talking of her new role, Britney said: 'I am so excited about this whole experience. It's gonna be so much fun
and so different from anything I've ever done and I'm ready to find the
However, not everybody is so pleased about the new additions to the panel, with American Idol boss Nigel Lythgoe saying he believes the pair both lack experience.
Plunging: As the group headed out for dinner after the announcement, Cowell decided to open another button
Night out on the town: Demi smiled for waiting photographers as she left the eatery, closely followed by Cowell
He told E! News: 'I hadn't ever considered them. I always like mentors who have a lot more experience.
'But having said that, these two ladies have had so much personal experience – it'll be interesting. I like someone who's been there and knows the whole gamut of what these kids are going through and help them through.'
Leggy ladies: While Britney changed into another form-fitting purple dress, Demi wore a little black number