Both Lovato and Spears looked stylish and well rested following a brief break that allowed the singers-turned-judges some down time with family and friends.
Seemingly unphased by last week's JT/ Britney Twitter chaos, Britney tweeted a super cute vacation pic of her Hawaiian holiday weekend getaway with fiancé Jason Trawick and her two sons.
The relaxing trip seems to have suited southern mom well, as she appeared all smiles in Greensboro with some trimmed up free flowing locks and a slightly uneven tan, real - no spray tan here.
No word on how Demi spent her time off during the 4th, but she showed up to the NC affair looking as if she's sinking into this new-found super stardom with ease. Clearly working with a team of people regarding her highly polished looks, she totally rocked a retro up-do and an even bronzer sheen (def not real, no way) than Brit.
Britney, arriving in an understated black cocktail dress, may have more real world experience (touring, marrying, divorcing, having some kids and all the chaos that comes with those things), but Demi seemed poised and ready to take over the spotlight in an electric orange mini dress and a tight fitting cropped black leather jacket.
We aren't judging here, but… it might be time for Britney, 30, to slow things down, enjoy her family and take more trips to tropical isles.
However at the ripe young age of 19, Demi has plenty of energy, zero real world responsibility and a lot going for her to propel her right into center stage (thank you, Simon Cowell).
And though all the initial press regarding "The X Factor" season 3 was entirely focused on Britney with a shy blond kid propped up behind her, it will certainly be interesting to see if by the end of the run that not-so-shy-anymore blonde hasn't out shined her entirely.