of The X Factor get candid about the
heating up, the changes on the 11th season and Simon Cowell back on
How competitive are all the judges feeling this year?
You dona��t get competitive until you get your category. At that point, you almost forget about the artistes a�� ita��s so much about you winning. Or someone else not winning a�� which is why you put competitive people on the show because if you dona��t really want to win, ita��s kind of a boring show.
Working with Mel B.
I think she brings an incredible energy to the show. She isna��t a judge for hire. Plus, shea��s really fun to be around, although I do get why she is called Scary!
On bringing Louis back.
He brings a sort of madness to the show. Hea��s a nutcase, and he has a very different view of the world than I do. He is a real optimist, whereas, I tend to be a little bit more cynical. But he loves his music. He loves doing the show. And I must say, he is a good manager. I mean he has sold over 100 million records a�� you dona��t do that with luck, you do it because you are smart.
What are you most looking forward to this year?
Having Simon Cowell back. When hea��s around, everyone is better. Everyone works harder. We always have to prove why wea��re there. He demands more.
More on this yeara��s panel?
This year is fantastic. This was meant to be. Therea��s good chemistry between all of us. Simon and Cheryl are very funny always annoying each other. Mel is just honest. This is the perfect X Factor panel, it really is.
How competitive are you all
feeling this year?
Wea��re going to be very competitive this year. Everybody wants to win the show. Simon thinks hea��s going to win, Cheryl wants to win, Mel thinks, a�?Ia��m going to show them what Ia��m made of.a�� Ia��ve been there 11 years, I know what to do. Wea��re all competitive and we all want to win. But Ia��m going to win.
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Disagreements with other judges.
I think with the other judges, wea��re always kind of going to either agree, or disagree or agree to disagree.
Biggest audition turn off.
When the contestants go a�?come on everybody join in, clap your handsa��. Ia��m like a�?uhhh noa��.
How competitive are the judges this year?
I think all of them are very competitive. Especially this yeara��oh yeah!
Who is the most intimidating?
I think all four of us are intimidating. I think a lot of people out of the gate are scared of Simon, but I dona��t know about me. I think they like mea��NOT!
What is different this year?
Wea��ve changed format points, and obviously, the panel changes everything because youa��ve got different dynamics. Simon and Ia��ve always had good chemistry where we bounce off each other.
Do you and Mel B have similar opinions?
We do and a lot of the time Mel says things and I think a�?thata��s exactly how I would put it, thata��s exactly how I feel.a�� Shea��s a bit more blunt than I am in her approach, which I love.
Tell us about the judgesa�� dynamics.
I think it would be uninteresting and
not real if we didna��t disagree. Obviously ita��s human nature and you feel different things for different people. So therea��s been different points of view and disagreements.
How competitive are you
and the other judges feeling this year?
Ia��m feeling more competitive
than I ever have. By nature, Ia��m not a competitive person. But this time,
Ia��m feeling more competitive