John Legend, getting set for his role as a judge and duet partner on ABC’s upcoming singing competition “Duets,” was less kind than his castmates when asked about “The X Factor’s” new judges, Britney Spears and Demi Lovato.
E! Online reports that Legend essentially said Spears and Lovato can’t sing.
Asked about the addition of the two pop princesses to the Fox singing competition, Legend said: "You know it’s interesting. It should be very interesting. I don’t have much to say. It’s interesting when people you know who are judging singing competitions when they aren’t really singers. It’s interesting."
Legend’s fellow “Duets” judges Kelly Clarkson and Robin Thicke were more generous.
Said Thicke: "Oh come on, everything Britney does, she excels at. Demi is a lovely young lady, and I’m sure they’ll do nothing but make the show a lot more fun to watch."
Clarkson added: "I’m excited for both of them. I’m a big fan of both of them. Both of those girls are super sweet. I think it’s fun for them too to just be more out in the public eye again. I think those two are two you really want to root for and you really want them to succeed, so I think that’s exciting."
Clarkson noted that the addition of Spears and Lovato could help “X Factor,” which fell below ratings expectations in its first season. "Obviously they are both performers so … I think that show really needs it. I don’t think everybody latched onto that show like they thought they would."