Bosses at The X Factor USA last night finally confirmed what the world has known for weeks – Britney Spears and Demi Lovato have joined the judging panel! Whilst Britney has enjoyed an internationally successful twelve-year-long career in showbiz, Demi is still a relative newbie – especially in the UK. So if you’re still confused as to who she is, allow us to present you with her ultimate Top 5 videos.
‘This Is Me’
If you’re allergic to cheese, you might want to look away now. Demi smashed onto the global stage with Camp Rock, the 2008 Disney movie with more cause for cringing than Louis Walsh at a boyband convention. But ‘This Is Me’ became the big hit of the soundtrack, and gave us our first glimpse at the Demster’s impressive vocal chords.
‘La La Land’
Fresh faced and ready to attack a pop career without the help of her Disney TV show Sonny With A Chance, ‘La La Land’ was a spunky pop-rock strut with lyrics about resisting the stereotypical trappings of fame. Basically it’s about not being like Britney Spears, which is slightly awkward.
Written by the lady herself, ‘Don’t Forget’ was the title track to her first album and is a slow-building ode to an ailing relationship. It’s got a much harder edge than most of the other tracks on the album, and it remains a massive fan favourite.
‘Here We Go Again’
Demi’s second album, released in 2009, was a No. 1 smash in the US, and it was led by this title track – a Kelly Clarkson-like angsty anthem with some glass-shattering vocals. It’s about as original as putting butter on bread, but for a slightly overdone sound, it’s pretty decent.
On the other side of well-documented personal struggles came ‘Skyscraper’, a track performed with all the secret heartache of dealing with so many demons behind closed doors. With backing vocals from none other than Jordin Sparks, ‘Skyscraper’ shot to the No. 1 spot on the US iTunes store last year and saw in a new era for Demi. Bubblegum-rock was gone, and mature young-adult pop was in.
And now for some further education…