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Published on Feb 6, 2014
“Extra’s” Mario Lopez sat down with Demi Lovato, as she prepares to launch her Neon Lights tour, to talk about her former struggles with addiction in the wake of the death of Philip Seymour Hoffman. Demi also opened up about her friendship with Selena Gomez, and whether or not she’s engaged to boyfriend Wilmer Valderrama.
“The Insider” correspondent Keltie Knight caught up with Demi Lovato as she preps for her upcoming “Neon Lights” tour and the 21-year-old singer opened up about the importance of having a strong team around her after going to rehab 3 years ago for drugs, alcohol and an eating disorder. “My team really cares about me,” she explained. “I’m absolutely 100% in control of my schedule and I have a team that will say, ‘You probably shouldn’t do that interview because day of the interview you’re going to be tired.’” Check out the vid to hear about Demi’s upcoming tour and be sure to tune into “The Insider” on TV tonight for the latest in entertainment news.
Amid a judges overhaul, Demi Lovato could be returning to The X Factor, with executive producer Simon Cowell admitting that “we’d be crazy not to have her back.”
In an interview with his former American Idol cohort Ryan Seacrest, Cowell said that “I liked having Demi on the show” and that “she’s fun to work with.” But, of course, “nothing is official.”
Season three of X Factor quickly is approaching, with the first round of auditions kicking off March 6 in Los Angeles. So far, replacements have not been named for exiting judges L.A. Reid and Britney Spears, nor have co-hosts Mario Lopez and Khloe Kardashian been confirmed to return.
“We’re talking to people all the time, and hopefully within a couple of weeks we might announce the first two,” said Cowell of the judges panel.
And while Seacrest is committed to Idol for at least one more season after its current cycle wraps, he is hoping for an onscreen reunion with the Brit that hired him for Idol’s 2002 U.S. debut.
“Would you allow me to guest-host one live X Factor?” he proposed to Cowell, confessing that he misses their banter.
“Yes,” was Cowell’s immediate reply, though there was a disagreement over whether Seacrest would shill for Coca-Cola (American Idol’s sponsor) or Pepsi (X Factor’s sponsor) during the stint.
Demi Lovato has “no idea” if she’ll return as a judge on the next season of “The X Factor,” but if she does, well, she’s got a pretty good idea of who, she’d like to see join her on the panel: Lady Gaga.
Yes, in a new interview with Extra, Lovato said that she’s hoping to see the Mother Monster replace departing judge Britney Spears on the show (or perhaps departing judge L.A. Reid … she’s just that versatile), but was also quick to add that landing Gaga for the gig might be a long-shot.
“I would love to see Lady Gaga,” Lovato said. “I don’t know if that’s possible or not.”
Hey, you never know … Gaga’s schedule has just gotten a whole lot lighter. And while she’s campaigning for LG to join her on the third season of the struggling show, the fact remains that Lovato herself still isn’t sure if she’ll return. After all, she’s got her musical career to focus on.
“I have no idea what’s gonna happen next season, and I don’t think anybody does,” Lovato told MTV News. “It’s just crazy ’cause at the same time, just like L.A. is, I’m trying to build a career for my own too. It was an amazing experience and I loved doing this show. It’s just, there’s no way to tell.
And a part of that career is her new single “Heart Attack,” and an upcoming album, which, as she explained to MTV News, shows her continued maturation as an artist.
“For a while, I could tell that when people would talk to me, they knew my story. I think I’ve opened up more on this album. My life began to evolve and I started to grow,” she explained. “These are songs about the celebration of life and how rewarding it can be. This is what this album is about.”
Would Gaga make a good ‘X Factor’ judge? Let us know in the comments below!
Replacing Britney Spears on the X Factor won’t be easy.
While her work may not have gotten great reviews, it certainly generated a lot of publicity for the singing competition show.
“I don’t know,” fellow judge Demi Lovato said at last night’s Topshop dinner at Cecconi’s in West Hollywood when I asked her to name a possible replacement. “I mean, who can replace Britney, let’s be honest.”
Very good point.
Spears announced about a month ago she was leaving the show after just one season—and a $15 million paycheck! “I’ve made the very difficult decision not to return for another season,” she said in a statement. “I had an incredible time doing the show and I love the other judges and I am so proud of my Teens, but it’s time for me to get back in the studio. Watching them all do their thing up on that stage every week made me miss performing so much! I can’t wait to get back out there and do what I love most.”
Also not returning for a third season is L.A. Reid.
Meanwhile, Lovato hobbled into the party on crutches. She’s been in a cast since falling at home about 10 days ago when her roommate apparently cleaned the floor with Pledge.
The cast, which Lovato needs to wear for another four weeks, is now decorated with silver studs.
By Suzy Byrne
Crush: Hollywood’s Next Generation
Thu, Oct 25, 2012 3:03 PM PDT
When we met up with Demi Lovato in New York City earlier this month, we had no idea what she’d look like when we arrived. Of course we’re very familiar with her work — and love watching her sass it up to Simon Cowell on “The X Factor” — but she’s become such a hair chameleon this year we weren’t sure we’d recognize her. We quickly discovered the 20-year-old is going through a blond phase — with bangs, no extensions — when we were brought in to meet her as she sat barefoot curled up on a couch.
“It’s crazy,” Lovato tells omg! about life as a blonde. “I never ever thought that I would go blond, but I’m having fun with it.” As for the bangs, I just feel like myself again. It reminds me of being 15 again — when I was doing ‘Camp Rock.’ I don’t know how long I’ll keep them, but for the meantime it just makes me feel like myself.”
After a difficult few years, which included a much publicized stint in rehab for emotional issues, including cutting and an eating disorder, feeling like herself is an amazing thing. And on “X Factor,” she seems right at home as she sits alongside Cowell, Britney Spears, and L.A. Reid critiquing aspiring singers. While the cranky Cowell — who is 33 years her senior — could be an intimidating person to go head-to-head with, Lovato seems undaunted when it comes to facing off against her boss. “I love messing with him,” Lovato laughs. “He’s really funny and I have a lot of fun working with him. But someone has to put him in his place. I mean — you can’t come to the United States from England and make fun of all of us! I have to stand up for my country.”
Something else Lovato is taking a stand against is bullying. She recently partnered up with Secret deodorant for their Mean Stinks campaign, which is an effort to bring an end to girl-on-girl harassment. “Well, it’s not a surprise,” she says of her involvement. “I’ve talked a lot about my past experiences. Most of my issues stemmed from the trauma of being bullied when I was 12 years old. I’ve also known people who have taken their lives because of bullying. It’s something I never want to see happen again. So if I can put an end to it, I’m going to do anything I can to stop it.”
Part of the campaign involves girls painting their pinky nails blue in a sort of pinky swear promise to end bullying, which led to a conversation about the celebrity nail art trend. Lovato says she’s not a fan. “I don’t like nail art,” she says. “I used to be obsessed — I’d have a cupcake on one finger and leopard on the other. These days I’m a pretty simple girl when it comes to nails. I either wear clear polish, black or dark red — that’s it.” So we won’t see her next album cover painted on her index finger? “I leave that to Katy Perry,” she smiles.
Speaking of her next album, Lovato is hard at work on her fourth one, which will be out next year. What can people expect? “I’m bringing the sound of real music back,” she previews, sharing that she has three or four songs completed. “I think Adele does a great job — they are catchy pop songs, but it’s real music and there are instruments. I want to bring a lot of that back. There’s going to be some fun, light-hearted songs with kind of a throwback sound. But I say one thing and then I spend like a month in the studio and it ends up being totally different, so I don’t know,” she laughs.
So how does Lovato find time to balance all her projects with maintaining a healthy lifestyle post-treatment? “I make time,” Lovato says, sounding much older than her years. “I’m a really dedicated person. And I know that if I work really, really hard now, I can get to the place that I want to be in my career so that maybe in a couple years — or whenever I make it to that level — I can take a break.” What would she do? “Travel the world. Spend a ton of time with my family. Maybe start a family,” she says, shooting out ideas fast and furiously before quickly adding, “Years and years down the road.”
Sounds like after a rocky road, she’s got things figured out.
Demi Lovato is breathtaking in a TopShop dress in this new shot from her November 2012 cover of Teen Vogue.
The 20-year-old musician opened up to the glossy about her ‘friend cleanse’, Niall Horan, and X Factor. Check it:
On her role as a mentor on X Factor: “There’s so much more to it than just being a talented singer. I’m going to help them mentally prepare for everything that’s coming—like, all these things that have happened to me recently, I really attribute them, in part, to the work that I’ve been doing on myself. The second that I became more centered and aware of who I am, my performances got better, and I was better able to relate to people. For a long time, I was pretending to be someone that I wasn’t, and I was miserable. When I came out and said, “I’m human, I’ve got problems, but I’m willing to share them,” that’s when I started to really connect. I’ve just begun working on my fourth album, and I want to do that in my music too. I’m tired of songs that don’t have much emotion in them.”
On keeping good friends close: “I’m consistently busy, but I make sure I spend a lot of time with my friends and family. I did kind of a friend cleanse right after rehab, where I weeded out people who didn’t have my best interests at heart. Now I have friends who love me for who I am and don’t care about what I’m doing. Most of them aren’t in the industry. Some of them don’t even know my songs!”
On dating rumors between her and Niall: “He’s a really awesome, sweet guy. But he’s not my boyfriend…. I’m in a place right now where I really need to focus on myself. Obviously, I’m still going to like people—or love them—but I need to not be in a relationship for a while because I need to be okay with being alone, first. I’m really happy right now. I never thought it was possible to be happy because of how depressed I was my entire life. But I feel so incredible. It’s like I’m living in a dream.”
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