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The second season of The X Factor kicked off filming with a closed audition in Austin, Tex., on Thursday. So reports about how the new judges, Britney Spears and Demi Lovato, fared had to come through inside sources.
Several insights were shared -- but one particularly juicy tidbit came from TMZ. "BRITNEY SPEARS Walks Off 'X Factor'" screamed the headline of the story, which described the 30-year-old singer as "upset after a contestant butchered her song, 'Hold It Against Me.'"
But Spears claims she was enjoying herself, and she took to Twitter to defend herself. "Britneywalksoff??? LOL was just taking a little break people," she wrote. "I am having the BEST time!!!"
Still, another witness described her as more of an encouraging cheerleader for contestants -- at least compared to her fellow female judge, 19-year-old Lovato. After one teen boy sang, the "Give Your Heart a Break" singer warned him that he'd better "find out what makes you special and what separates you from all the other teenage boys in this industry."
But Spears followed up with a much more optimistic view: "I think you can be bigger than the next Justin Bieber,” she said. "I feel like your runs are amazing." Though she admitted he needed some training, she also said, "I see what’s there, and you’re very gifted. Thank you."
Overall, Spears must have proven a capable judge, considering all those witnesses. If she'd had any real problems, there's no doubt we would have heard about it by now!
Did you expect Spears to be a tough judge or an encouraging one?