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Simon Cowell: Britney & Demi Better Judges Than Mariah Carey

Simon Cowell thinks 'The X Factor' he has a better judging panel than 'American Idol', despite the singing competition's addition of Mariah Carey (photosMariah Carey photos) on Monday.

"I'm happy for her, actually, I like Mariah," Cowell says, "But I think she's going to find it difficult to say no. You know, she's sweet."

Cowell says that Britney Spears (photosBritney Spears photos) and Demi Lovato (photosDemi Lovato photos) don't have the same problem.

"They are harder to please than me or L.A.," he says. "They are very happy, these two, in giving people a no. That's why we hired them."

"Britney's quite mean, as you'll discover. I'm not going to lie about this, I always said the number one person I would want on one of these shows was Britney because I was fascinated with her as a person, as a pop star. She's a really, really good judge."

"Demi is a brat, but there's something really likable about her as well. I think the show, because it has such a young audience, it needed someone younger."

Cowell says he still plans to have "a boy and girl" as hosts for the show. The hosts will likely be announced mid-August.

"Ideally, we'd like someone who hasn't actually been a host before," he explains. "We're screen-testing people for the next three or four weeks."

July 24, 2012 |

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