She was devastated by the death of her father Patrick from cancer just last month.
But Demi Lovato got back to work with a brave smile as the latest round of X Factor auditions took place on Thursday.
Joining her old friend Simon Cowell and new girls Paulina Rubio and Kelly Rowland, Demi picked out the cream of the crop of this year’s talent at the LA auditions.
Girls just want to have fun! Kelly, Paulina and Demi smile their way through auditions as a delighted Simon looks on
The new X Factor line-up. Happy Simon poses with his girls
And smiling through the pain, Demi was soon showing the newcomers how its done.
But Radar Online reported that there was a difficult moment for ex Disney star Demi who’s father died aged 54 last month from cancer.
Contestants had been specifically told not to make mention of Patrick’s death during filming but one young hopeful seemed to forget.
Girl Power! Demi, Paulina and Kelly greet the audience at X Factor Season 3 filming
An insider told Radar: ‘One kid got up on stage to sing and when the judges asked him about his motivation for singing he mentioned a family member that had recently died.
‘He then voiced his condolences to Demi for just losing her father and she didn’t even respond. All the judges kind of froze and told him to sing.
‘Instead of critiquing him or discussing his performance, all the judges just said ‘no’ and they basically rushed him off the stage.’
Despite the stressful moment, it seemed the new team was settling in well.
They’ve got the X Factor. The female panelists dress to impress for LA auditions
Singers Demi and Kelly get to know each other as they begin filming in LA.
For season 3 of the hit Fox talent show, Simon Cowell chose to add Latin music star Paulina, 42, and Kelly, 32, to join old favourite Demi, 20.
Mexican Paulina and former Destiny’s Child Kelly replace Britney Spears and LA Reid on the all-star panel.
Kelly had previously been a judge on the UK version of the show.
Yet Latin American superstar Paulina is entirely new to X Factor and hopes to use it as a platform to raise her profile in the US.
She is reportedly being paid $1.5 million.
Blonde beauties. Judges Demi and Paulina smile for the cameras
It is the first year that alpha male Simon has been the only male judge.
And it seemed to be a winning combination with the girls looking happy and relaxed together and Simon far from intimidated by the unequal gender balance.
The new series of The X Factor begins on Fox on September 11th.
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I just hope Demi remembers to “Stay Strong”