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Polished Edge: Britney Spears of ‘The X Factor’ on Fox
Q: How are you dealing with making judgments of contestants on “The X Factor” that seem to go against what the audience is thinking?
A: It’s so embarrassing! You’re like, “Why are people not liking me right now?” Sometimes, I don’t feel like somebody has potential, and nobody agrees with me. It’s happened probably four or five times.
Q: Do you get the sense that, with you and Demi Lovato on board now, “The X Factor” feels like a new show to those who were there last season?
A: I feel like it brings a whole new energy to the show, definitely. I think Nicole (Scherzinger) and Paula (Abdul) were really great, so to have such a dramatic change like that, I’ll bet it even made Simon (Cowell) and L.A. (Reid) nervous.
Q: You certainly know about drawing attention, and that seems to go with the territory for celebrity judges on television competitions. Did you come into this ready for that?
A: Well, I hope I’m ready. I’m just taking it one day at a time.
Q: Was being able to stay in one place with your children, except for traveling to the auditions, a big consideration for you in doing “The X Factor”?
A: Yeah, it did come into play ... but when I’m working, my children stay with their father until I come home. We just have this whole balanced way of doing things, and it just kind of works out.
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