Demi Lovato ‘Could Be a Good Role Model for ‘X Factor’ Contestants,’ Says Psychologist (EXCLUSIVE)

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Demi Lovato has been raw and honest about her past addictions and subsequent recovery, but now she’s facing perhaps her biggest challenge yet as the newest judge on The X Factor.

The 19-year-old Disney star is expected to confirm the announcement of her high-profile gig Monday afternoon at the FOX Upfronts presentation, in New York. In the meantime, many experts are wondering whether the move to X Factor — where she will join Simon Cowell, L.A. Reid and Britney Spears — makes sense.

With millions of viewers watching, the “Skyscraper” singer will be “under enormous pressure,” but has the potential to be a good role model, Vivian Diller, Ph.D., clinical psychologist, told Celebuzz on Monday.

Demi has been outspoken and inspiring to others about how you pick yourself up after you’ve been down … She may be very good, because she cares a lot. Let’s hope that she uses that to be a fair and empathic judge. She could potentially be a good role model for others.

The question on everyone’s mind though: Will Demi be able to make tough judging decisions?

As a refresher: Last season on The X Factor, youngster Rachel Crow was eliminated from the singing competition after judge Nicole Scherzinger couldn’t bring herself to make a decision. The Pussycat Dolls singer broke down in tears, feeling she had let down the up-and-coming singer.

With the upcoming season, Demi will have to judge others — but can she do it without breaking down and revealing her own insecurities?

“If she puts herself in this vulnerable position, she has to work that much harder on being conscious every day that she has her own issues,” Diller said, adding that, as a psychologist, she hopes Demi is seeking counseling to cope with these tough filming periods that may arise.

Demi’s addictions and struggles have been played out in the media. In October 2010, after an altercation with a dancer while on tour with the Jonas Brothers, Lovato’s parents confronted her in an intervention. She agreed to seek help and entered a treatment facility for issues involving bulimia and self-cutting. A year later, she filmed an MTV special, Stay Strong, which featured her road to recovery.

“There’s days where you’re going to struggle,” she said in the documentary. “I cannot tell you that I have not thrown up since treatment. I cannot tell you I’ve not cut myself since treatment. I’m not perfect. This is a daily battle that I will face for the rest of my life.”

Despite her public struggles, Demi has support from FOX and fellow X Factor judge Simon Cowell.

“Demi’s had an amazing career in music, TV and film for someone her age. She’s young, confident, and enthusiastic. I think it’s really important that she speaks to our younger audience. The new panel will be dynamic and will work really well with the changes we are making to the show,” Cowell said in a press release.

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