When “The X Factor” producers announced that they were adding Britney Spears to the judges’ panel, experts and viewers wondered whether she would have what it takes to sit alongside Simon Cowell and L.A. Reid to dole out advice to bright-eyed singers. But from the sounds of audio leaked to TMZ from the first round of auditions, it seems that the audience thinks Spears will do just fine.
After months of speculation, Spears was officially added to the “X Factor” judges’ panel in May for a cool $15 million per season. While the show doesn’t premiere until September, audio leaked Thursday (May 24) from auditions in Austin, Texas, give us a taste of what we’ll be in for come fall. In the clip, Spears and fellow newbie Demi Lovato give differing critiques to a young male contestant.
“I think that you have a great voice and your tone was great,” 19-year-old Lovato told the contestant. “But, I don’t really know where you fit. I don’t know what’s going to set you apart from other musicians who are boys. So, I think you just have to find out what makes you special and what separates you from all the other teenage boys in this industry.”
Britney, on the other hand, had a some kinder words for the amateur singer. “I think you can be bigger than the next Justin Bieber,” Spears said, eliciting a rambunctious response from the crowd.
“I feel like your runs are amazing,” she added. “And I do feel like with a little more training, you could actually [inaudible] better presentation, but I see what’s there. And you’re very gifted. Thank you.”