Before They Were Stars: The X Factor Judges and Hosts Before The FameThe long-standing British hit The X Factor finally made its way to American shores in the fall of 2011, onto Fox, and since then hasn't looked back! A talented group of judges has helped narrow the contestant pool down to the final competitors over the years. Now, find out what these award-winning judges were doing before they were plucking stars from obscurity, and check out the pre-fame photos of The X Factor hosts who now command the stage each week. By Elizabeth Perkins
Here is little Britney Spears in a school pic around the time of her stint on The New Mickey Mouse Club in 1993. Britney grew up in Kentwood, Louisiana, but attended the nearby Park Lane Academy in Mississippi.Â At school, she had friends, but she thought everyone was too cliquey.Â When Britney was 10, she was also a contestant on Star Search. But she lost to 12-year-old Marty Thomas... er, â€śMarty, WHO?â€ť Now, Spears is on top of the pop charts and even dishing out advice and praise to wanna-be Britneys!