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The "X-Factor's" Brian Friedman dances skillfully around queries about the dramas going on behind the scenes on the Fox competition show that's now in semi-finals, gearing up for its Dec. 20 grand finale. For example, gossip maven Perez Hilton's report that Britney Spears has been shunning fellow judge Demi Lovato as well as cohost Khloe Kardashian. "It's definitely a high-tension work environment, that's for sure," he says, laughing. "There's never a dull day, I can give you that much."       On top of his on-camera presence, Creative Director and Supervising Producer Friedman directs and stages every "X-Factor" performance and heads up its team of choreographers. It's not unusual, he says, for dress rehearsals to generate "tons of notes for wardrobe changes, lighting changes, things being moved around" -- and he's in the middle of all the artists' camps.       "There is a lot to take in, for sure, and that doesn't even »

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