Simon Cowell ‘Fascinated’ By ‘Shy’ Britney Spears

Simon Cowell says Britney Spears is serious when it comes to finding talent.

“She’s not on the show to be Britney Spears on a TV show,” the X Factorboss, 52, says of the “Till the World Ends” singer, 30. “She’s actually there to prove to the world there’s more to her, and she’s got the ability to do this job really well. She’s taken the role really seriously.”

Part of what Cowell likes most about the pop star – with whom he is “fascinated” – is her down-to-earth nature.

“It’s quite interesting because when someone has done what she’s done as she has with her career, and being such a public person, you kind of think she is going to be very confident, but in real life she’s shy,” he says. “There’s kind of a mystique about her which I think is what kind of attracted me to her in the place.”

As for fellow judge Demi Lovato, 19, Cowell calls her a “total brat,” explaining that she’s “completely fearless, irreverent.”

Adds Cowell, “A lot of people who watch our show are 16, 17, 18 and younger, so we had to have someone I thought on the panel that could reflect that younger audience, and I’ve never done that before, and I wasn’t sure it was going to work.”

So far it’s working, Cowell says, and the new judges are opening his eyes and ears. “Because the two girls are on the panel,” he says, “I’m kind of seeing and hearing this in a totally different way.”

Source: People Magazine

Britney Takes Family X Factor Vacation In Hawaii

It’s not all work and no play for Britney Spears!

The X Factor judge took a break from her work on the reality show to soak up the sun with all her boys in Maui on Sunday.

Brit, fiancé Jason Trawick and sons Sean Preston and Jayden James Federline looked happy to spend some time relaxing in Hawaii.

While the Pacific islands make for a nice reprieve from Hollywood, it’s an East Coast getaway where Britney really feels relaxed…

READ: Jamie Lynn Spears Sings Tribute to Britney

The 30-year-old’s future in-laws recently put their Long Island home on the market, and Spears was not happy about it.

“NOOOOO. I love this house!” she tweeted last month, along with a link to a Newsday story about the sale of the five-bedroom home.

A source told E! News Britney “loves the house so much. It’s a peaceful haven for her, a place where she can get away and relax.”

Hope she can still get some R&R in Maui!

Source: E! Online

Britney: 8 Blunt Reactions To X Factor Contestants

So after three cities on The X Factor‘s nationwide audition tour, how is Britney Spears doing as a judge of eager singing talent?

Sources say the pop princess was a bit shy at first, but has since become downright “blunt” in her assessment of contestants. “Everyone was kinda shocked at how tough she was and how she wasn’t scared to say it straight,” a source says from the set.

So far Spears has tended to prefer “exciting” contestants who are visually appealing and charismatic performers rather than those who simply possess a fine voice. “She knows it takes more than having a good singing voice and that you have to be entertaining and have that ‘wow’ factor,” the source says. “She can really tell the difference between a good singer and a great performer.”

Spears’ favorite rejection? “Too boring.”

The new judge also isn’t swayed by heartfelt appeals. “The judges always ask [contestants] a few questions before they sing and Britney makes it clear that she isn’t interested in sob stories or people who try to get a sympathy vote,” the source says. “She’s always compassionate and understanding but she is always totally focused on their performance and talent.”

Here are some of Spears’ reactions to contestants from The X Factor set:

– “I thought it was magnificento!”

– “Who let you on the stage?”

– “I feel like you need to go to New York and be on Broadway. I don’t think the pop industry could handle you.”

– “I’m sorry, I was bored. I have to say no.”

– “Holy cow! I can’t believe that voice came from that tiny body.”

– “To make a great performance, you have to step it up. There’s a big wall between us, and you need to learn to break it down.”

–  “I can’t look. I literally can’t look.” (During one male contestant’s raunchy dance.)

–  ”I’m sorry, sweetie, but you have to be great to be on this show.”

Backstage, all four judges share the same green room, plus have private meeting rooms of their own. Spears is said to be socializing with the crew and other judges between takes rather than being standoffish.

Fellow pop singer and new Factor judge Demi Lovato has been described as more chatty on the panel, with head judge Simon Cowell said to be “over the moon” pleased with both hires. X Factor premieres on Fox Sept. 12. Let’s hope the honeymoon survives next season!

Source: Entertainment Weekly