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See Demi Lovato and Jennifer Hudson Sing a Holiday-Inspired Riff Off

Singer also talks about her MTV VMA performance and being a role model for those struggling with mental health on Thursday’s episode

Demi Lovato gets into the holiday spirit on Thursday’s episode of the Jennifer Hudson Show, joining the host for a seasonal riff off.

In a game titled “You Say It, We’ll Sing It,” Lovato and Hudson turned the audience’s responses to holiday-themed queries. For example, the singers turned one audience member’s presumed Christmas gift — “a lump of coal, because I’ve been very naughty this year” — into a smoky piano ballad.

Lovato also sat down with Hudson to discuss her recent MTV Video Music Awards performance, meeting Aretha Franklin, and being a role model for those struggling with mental health.

“You know who I saw cheering me on? Taylor Swift and Kelsea Ballerini,” Lovato said of the VMAs performance. “I was nervous going out there, but once I saw people in the audience cheering me on, I said, ‘I can do this.’”

Lovato, who has always been candid about her struggles, also opened up about why she has chosen to be so public about her mental health journey.

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“I had always wanted the role model that I didn’t have growing up. I’m not saying I didn’t have role models growing up, but when I spoke about my eating disorder, in Hollywood, there weren’t people talking about eating disorders that I knew of, so I wanted to be that of my generation,” Lovato told Hudson.

“Saying you know what, it’s okay to talk about your mental health, and I want to be the person who is a 13-year-old at home who is struggling with the same issues I had.” 

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