Britney Spears, TV's queen of mean
Simon Cowell might have met his match when it comes to being TV's meanest judge.
Former pop princess Britney Spears is giving Cowell, the brutal British TV celebrity judge, a run for his money in her new job on the panel of US talent show The X Factor.
"You can't destroy that song, sweetie", "predictable" and "I want to know who let you on stage" were just some of the remarks made by the 30-year-old singer to contestants during auditions for the TV contest, according to early promotions for its second season.
"Britney is quite mean, which I think you will discover," Cowell, the creator of X Factor, said on Monday. In fact, he joked, she is "as sweet as a lemon".
Spears signed on in May, joining former Disney Channel star Demi Lovato, 19, on the panel after both Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger were fired following a disappointing first season.
"They are harder to please than me or [fourth judge Antonio Reid]," Cowell said.
Spears said she was "just a very honest person" who was eager to help young singers.
"I have done eight tours and I have been in the music industry for a while, and I think being able to give back is really interesting," she said, explaining her decision to accept the job for a reported salary of $15-million.