‘Any second that I get with them, I’m like, ‘This is what you need to do. Practice your pitch. Do this,’ ‘ Lovato tells MTV News.
With the “X Factor” live shows under way, judge Demi Lovato now has the responsibility to make sure her team is show-ready week after week. As the mentor to the Young Adults group, the former Disney star has been tasked with sharing her experiences with her team, but also making sure the focus stays on them.
“I don’t know if it’s so much what they want to know about me; I’m really focused on them,” she told MTV News on Monday night. “I’m spending all the time that I have with them basically critiquing them and getting them ready for the show.”
While she is making sure that she gives them as much advice as she can, she said she doesn’t get to spend as much time with her contestants as one might think, given her busy schedule.
“I don’t really have a lot of time to sit and chitchat with them. So any second that I get with them, I’m like, ‘This is what you need to do. Practice your pitch. Do this. Bye, have a good show.’ It’s so rapid, but I do have a little time during interviews and stuff when we do get a little closer and open up. So it’s nice. I do get to spend a little time with them.”
Last week, Lovato lost her first contestant. Willie Jones sang his swan song and gave his mentor a big hug before departing the show for good.
“Sucks that I have to go home, but it was really fun to be here,” he said of being one of the first contestants cut when the shows went live last Wednesday with new hosts Khloé Kardashian and Mario Lopez.
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Demi Lovato didn’t pull any punches when the “desert island question” was popped at last week’s Billboard Film & TV Music Conference in L.A., choosing Britney Spears over fellow “X Factor” judge Simon Cowell. “Simon would be the biggest diva on the frisking island,” she jokingly jabbed. “And he’d die within a couple years anyway because he’s so old. I mean, he’s only got a couple years left in him anyway, so…”
Joined by her “X Factor” co-star L.A. Reid in a chat with Billboard editorial director Bill Werde, the “Give Your Heart a Break” singer opened up about her journey from Disney kid to a bonafide pop star. “I don’t know how I did it, honestly. I’m open with issues, which makes me relatable,” she said. “I never did the whole sexy route. I just don’t feel comfortable onstage in risque clothes.”
While discussing their show, Lovato and Reid offered some advice to future contestants. “If you’re going to be there, you’d better be great. If [you’re] great, [you’d] better be great in the first 30 seconds,” the Epic Records chairman and CEO said. Lovato has a shorter fuse, saying “If they don’t grab me in 10 seconds, I think, ‘Done.'”
2:45 — Britney or Simon? Who would L.A. and Demi rather be stuck on a desert island with?
4:55 – Demi discusses the importance of film & TV in her career: “I can’t remember the last music video I really watched.”
6:50 – L.A. on why the decline of music sales has been a “blessing in disguise” to the industry
8:54: Demi on the “15 years of knowledge” she’s gained and why she keeps her film and TV careers separate.
11:30 — L.A. discusses the danger of “celebrity” and recalls career advice from Bootsy Collins: “Never read your own press”
0:45 – L.A. on discovering new material: “If it’s great, it had better be great in the first 30 seconds.”
4:46: Demi reveals the “X Factor” contestant who made the best first impression.
7:00 – What adults have over the kids: “The adults have a bag of tricks. They know how to give it their best shot.”
8:28 – L.A. on improving the relationship between music & film: “I would love for the music to be considered earlier in the process.”
1:00 – L.A. on publishers/songwriters finding unique ways to deliver potential hits: “If you’re as talented as you believe you are, then you probably are as equally creative.”
3:10 – LA on developing style: “You don’t have a style until you have a song that people love.”
5:07 – Demi reflects on her artistic choices: “I never did the whole sexy route. I just don’t feel comfortable onstage in risque clothes.”
6:49 – Demi discusses the “blessing and curse” of fame and having her personal issues made public
8:00 – L.A. reveals missed career opportunities: “I don’t know why I didn’t think of Beats [headphones].”
By RAPHAEL CHESTANG October 09, 2012
As The X Factor launches their ‘Judges’ Homes’ round this week, featuring guest mentors hand picked by the judges, we have video of the mentoring teams revealing their expectations for the competition.
The teams break down like this: Nick Jonas with Demi Lovato, Will.i.am with Britney Spears, Marc Anthony with Simon Cowell and Justin Bieber with L.A. Reid.
Simon Cowell called this round one of his favorites because “this is where you get to separate from the other three judges. You’re one-on-one. You’re in much more control of the situation. You’re choosing the material. You’re in very close proximity to the artist and you get to know more about them.”
While they’re looking to form a relationship with the contestants, the bond between the judges and mentors has been well established.
“We’ve seen a lot of life together at this point,” Nick Jonas said of his relationship with Demi Lovato. “One thing I specifically remember about Demi is that when we’d be on stage together, we could look at each other from across the stage and kind of know exactly what the other person was thinking.”
“We get each other,” Marc Anthony said of his friendship with Simon Cowell. He went on to joke, “It’s a really weird, bizarre relationship, because I don’t even know why I like him.”
Everyone (except Simon) expressed concerns about turning contestants down, but Britney Spears seems confident that ultimately she will have made one lucky singer’s dreams come true.
“The winner is definitely in my category,” said the pop star.
Tune in Wednesday and Thursday at 8/7c on FOX when The X Factor announces the Top 24 who will head to the “Judges’ Homes” round.
If you watched Wednesday (September 12) night’s premiere, you’re already away of the new look for “The X Factor.”
You’ve seen the hostless backstage audition footage and the montages celebrating the surprisingly critical Britney Spears.
But few would question that Demi Lovato was the star of Wednesday’s two-hour episode, particularly her sensitive treatment of bullied teen Jillian Jensen, an extended moment that produced tears aplenty.
On Monday, I sat down with Lovato and returning judge L.A. Reid to discuss second season changes and the fresh feel to “X Factor.”
Check out the interview (as well as my chat with Simon Cowell) and remember that “X Factor” is back on Wednesday night.