"It's girl empowerment," says the pop star of her upcoming Neon Lights trek.
Hours after she announced a 27-city tour in February and March, Demi Lovato returned to publicizing Fox's "The X Factor" at a private event in Los Angeles by unveiling the singing competition's latest drama-inducing element, "The Four Chair Challenge." Lovato's fellow judge Simon Cowell went so far as to introduce a clip by saying the phrase "four chair challenge "is the worst title ever -- it sounds so boring." But by forcing the judges to select one contestant over another, which will happen over the next several episodes, Cowell says "it's some of the most exciting TV we've made on these shows."
Lovato, who will appear on "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno" on Oct. 3 and "Ellen" on Oct. 7, wanted to talk about the slew of projects she has lined up between now and the Feb. 9 start of the Neon Lights tour, which also features Cher Lloyd and two "X Factor" acts, Fifth Harmony and Little Mix, on the bill.
"It's girl empowerment," she told Billboard. "I helped put together Fifth Harmony, and a year later they're on the charts, so I'm really happy for them. It's surreal. Everyone (in the groups) is a power vocalist -- they can all sing -- so I love the idea of the show."