Demi Lovato likes to put Simon Cowell 'in his place' on 'The X Factor'

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New "X Factor" judges Demi Lovato and Britney Spears have been welcome changes on the show, and they're already making an impact. But according to Lovato, 20, her favorite part of joining the hit FOX reality competition is getting to give fellow judge Simon Cowell a run for his money.

"I love messing with him," Lovato tells Us Weekly. "He's really funny and I have a lot of fun working with him. But someone has to put him in his place. I mean -- you can't come to the United States from England and make fun of all of us! I have to stand up for my country."

Lovato also talks about her upcoming fourth album and says she has three or four songs already completed. She debuted one at MTV Video Music Awards pre-show, and says her goal is to bring "the sound of real music back."

"I think Adele does a great job -- they are catchy pop songs, but it's real music and there are instruments. I want to bring a lot of that back," she says. "There's going to be some fun, light-hearted songs with kind of a throwback sound. But I say one thing and then I spend like a month in the studio and it ends up being totally different, so I don't know."

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