In the latest star news, DEMI LOVATO recently admitted that she initially expected fellow “X Factor” judge BRITNEY SPEARS to be a diva… but was pleasantly proven wrong.

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Although Britney Spears can be “quite mean” on the show when it comes to some of the aspiring contestants, she’s usually very sweet to everyone else—especially to her fellow judges.

But before they all became good friends, Demi Lovato, who is the youngest judge on the “X Factor” panel, was initially intimidated by the 30-year-old pop legend.

She admits to PEOPLE:

“What surprised me the most about Britney is that she’s actually really quirky… You kind of expect a legendary pop star [to] sometimes [be], like, a diva or something, but she’s really not.”

Demi continues:

“She’s a sweet, down-to-earth, Southern girl.”

In addition to enjoying the company of the pop icon, the former “Sonny With a Chance” star admits that she’s also having a really great time being a judge on the show. She shares:

“I’m having a lot of fun… It’s such a blessing to be on this show. It came at a time in my life where I really needed something to look forward to in my career. It’s been an amazing opportunity, and getting to sit next to Britney and Simon [Cowell] and L.A. [Reid] has been an honor. [And] Just being able to mentor girls that I believe in is so – I can’t explain it. It feels so great.”

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