A rumor was circulating that Simon Cowell asked fellow X-Factor judge Demi Lovato to lose 20 pounds, but that story has since proven to be untrue.
A source said, "Simon doesn't expect Demi to be supermodel skinny, but he does want her to look like she's in shape. He's set a weight-loss goal of 20 lbs. for Demi and asked her to work hard on it through the spring and summer."
But Cowell's reps are denying the rumor.
"This story is complete lies," they said. "Simon has never and would never, ever say this. It has been completely made up."
This isn't the first time rumors circulated about Cowell asking judges to lose weight. It was also rumored that he asked Britney Spears to adhere to a strict diet for this how, but her reps denied it.
There may be at least a grain of truth to these rumors, as Cowell has proven to be critical of weight. When Mandisa Hundley auditions for American Idol in 2006, Cowell asked, "Do we have a bigger stage this year?"
And in 2008, Girlband, who competed in the UK version of X Factor, said that Cowell asked the members to drop a few pounds.
Source: Gossip on This