To celebrate the revamped show, the network threw a huge premiere party at Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood on Tuesday night where Spears, Lovato and fellow judgesSimon Cowell and L.A. Reid’s hand and footprints where immortalized forever.
Not only did the four judges get to make their mark (literally), but they also participated in a question and answer panel after the first episode was screened. Toofab.com had all the scoop on what went down during the two-hour episode and we’re here to break it down for you.
So what can you expect from Cowell and Co. when you turn on The X Factor Wednesday?
New judges Spears and Lovato kill it during the premiere, especially Spears.
In addition to the much-reported “constructive criticism” she delivers which can border on the Cowell variety, you also get a peek at who Brit Brit really is especially in behind the scenes footage with her fellow judges. The “Baby One More Time” singer also loves her gum and her Pepsi.
Spears also has a bit of an awkward moment when the panel has to say no to Don Philip, one of her old duet partners.
Lovato, meanwhile provides some great commentary from a younger perspective. She also connects with a fan that is sure to make you cry (Seriously, get your tissues! Cowell cried!). One of the last auditions on the show is from a girl who has been viciously bullied and belts out Jessie J‘s “Who you are.” The young singer thanks Lovato for her fight against bullying and the two even happen to share similar tattoos with the message, “Stay Strong.”
For those looking to The X Factor for some pretty people, there are definitely contestants for both guys and girls to stare at. While the male audience gets some of the best singers in the competition thus far, the female audience can expect a Justin Bieber look alike and a surfer boy band. Even Lovato appeared taken with the southern California trio, Emblem 3.
Viewers should also expect to roll their eyes throughout the two-hour extravaganza especially when the judges’ encounter a creepy 50-year-old man who sings about candy as well as the tons of horrific singers dressed in crazy and eccentric outfits.
Though, be careful not to dismiss all the contestants based on appearances, as one of those fantastically dressed folks will make an impression on the judges.
Ever wonder what it was like to be a contestant? The revamped The X Factor has you covered on that front too. You will see and hear some contestants from the moment they appear on screen bringing a bit more reality into the singing competition. The premiere episode also finds some contestants acting as additional “judges” when two mean girls provide commentary on everyone they see.
The X Factor premieres on Wednesday at 8 PM on FOX.