NEW YORK — As the fall TV season continues to make news, Fox has had the most buzz thanks to the news that Demi Lovato and Britney Spears will sit down beside Simon Cowell and L.A. Reid as female judges on “The X Factor,” replacing Nicole Scherzinger and Paula Abdul.
On Monday (May 14), as talent from many of the network’s leading shows lined up to talk to the press at the Fox event, what everyone really wanted to know was how these two artists might fit on the reality competition show.
Given that both have made names for themselves thanks to their own unique charms as pop stars, some of the more seasoned network vets offered up some sage advice for the reality show newbies. MTV News chatted with the folks of “So You Think You Can Dance,” in the hours before the presentation where they were confirmed, to get their sage advice for Brit and Demi.
“You know, I don’t have any advice for those ladies,” “SYTYCD” host Cat Deeley explained. “What I do like about it though is they will be able to absolutely impart some serious wisdom. I love the idea that they’ve been in the business for so long and since being kids and so quite often they’ve had successes and they’ve had failures on things.
“And I think the most important thing is the mistakes we make,” she added. “You learn so much from mistakes that you make and I think they’ll be able to impart their wisdom to the new kids coming through. I think it’s a great booking.”
Judge Mary Murphy seemed excited by the chance to run into the girls at Fox-related events, and even shared that she’d love to see dancer Britney make an appearance on her show as well.
“So she would be a good [guest] too if she wanted to pop on over, but I think she’s going to be a busy young woman with everything she has going on,” she said. “I think we’ll tune in to find out what the heck she’s gonna say!” she said, going on to share some judging advice. “Just try to speak from the heart and you can’t go wrong.”
While Murphy and Deeley focused on the positive when it comes to their highly publicized judging spots, Nigel Lythgoe wondered if the singers (Britney, 30, and Demi, 19) might be too young for a mentor-type position.
“Well they’ve got to look on it as a brand-new show, to be frank. I don’t think they need to look at the first season. I think they’ve got to be honest as they can be,” he said of coming in for season two. “They’re both artists and artists will always couch any criticism because they know that they’ve been criticized, so they’ve got to ignore that.
“They’ve got to be as honest as they can be with their contestants and just inspire them to be better,” he said, before sharing his one hesitation about them.
“My only reservation is they’re both young and I do think that mentors should be of an age,” he added, joking he fears it might put older experts, like him, out of a job. “I do think mentors have had so much experience before they mentor. At the same time, both of these young ladies have had incredible personal experience and been through so much in their own lives that hopefully they can bring that to the party too. But at the end of the day, they are going to take newcomers and literally push them through a reality television competition. It’s tough.”
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