Will the theme song for the new season of Fox's "The X Factor"be Britney Spears' "Hit Me Baby One More Time?"
It might be, judging from what Simon Cowell said about Spears joining the singing competitiion series along with Demi Lovato.
"She's quite mean," Cowell said of Spears during a TCA session for the series. He also teased Lovato about her bluntness toward him and the contestants, calling Lovato "a brat." Still, he praised both singers for bringing what he called youthful energy and honesty to the series.
Cowell, along with Spears, Lovato and returning judge L.A. Reid, were speaking via satellite from Miami, where they are conducting boot-camp auditions. It was one of the first times the judges had appeared together since the announcement that they were replacing Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger.
"I felt we needed a change," said Cowell, saying the series needed to revamp because of the several other singing competition series. He and Reid said Lovato and Spears were closer to the demographic that purchases pop music, and "they are harder to please."