Demi Lovato Confident ‘X Factor’ Winner Is In Her Group

New judge dishes to MTV News about why she thinks the season two champ is among her four contestants.

Although we’ve only just begun to meet the stellar singers on the new season of “The X Factor,” one special insider is confident she’s seen the future winner already. When MTV News caught up with new judge Demi Lovato, there was no holding back with regard to which judge’s group contains the future champ.

“My group. I predict my group will win,” Lovato said. “I feel like my group has the winner of the entire competition in it, and I’m so excited for all four people in my category. I’m really excited.”

After the contestants are narrowed down to the top 16, the judges are each assigned a group of four: boys, girls, over 30s or groups. While Lovato was forthcoming with her confidence in her group, she opted not to answer our question about which category she’ll be mentoring. “I’m not going to tell you. You’re just going to have to wait and find out,” she said with a wink and a smile.

With regard to Lovato’s expectations going into the season, the recent VMA performer said she didn’t have any particular strategy or preferences in picking her artists going into the competition.

“I wasn’t expecting any group, I was just looking at every contestant as, ‘OK, am I going to be able to mentor this person?’ ” she said. “And if they’re older, younger, my age, whatever, I just wanted to be able to make sure I could mentor anybody in this competition.”

So does Lovato have any nerves leading up to the live shows?

“Definitely nerves, I’m nervous about not only just being on camera, live TV, but also I’m nervous about my contestants,” she said. “I want them to do a really great job and I know they work hard and it might be a little more pressure when they do the live shows because it’s more focused on them than the competition so far.”

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