Who says Southerners are all charm?
“You can’t destroy that song, sweetie,” Brit says to one unlucky contestant.
“Very predictable,” she snipes at another.
“Bad to the bone,” she quips later.
And, “You definitely don’t have the X Factor,” she opines after another performance doesn’t hit the mark.
As RadarOnline.com previously reported, Cowell has already expressed his admiration for Spears’ tough judging abilities.
“Britney is fearless,” Simon told Radar exclusively, adding the Southern Belle has “no qualms” about turning down a contestant if she feels they don’t have the act to succeed.
Simon compared Britney’s unabashed stream of opinions to those of Paula Abdul.
“To get a ‘No’ out of Paula, as you know, was like getting blood out of a stone,” Simon said, “because she didn’t want to be unpopular.”
The resurgent Britney has no such issues, Simon said, adding she can blankly turn a contestant down even if there are “4,000 people going crazy about [the] contestant.”
Factor in Disney diva Demi Lovato, and you have plenty of must-see conflict on the panel of judges.
“When the two of them get together, and me and [L.A. Reid] want someone to go through, these two, they gang up,” he said. “And that’s what happens when you put two girls together!”
Asked about Britney claiming Simon’s still the toughest judge to please, the English music mogul said, “Watch the tape: I’m not so sure!”
The new season of X Factor will premiere September 12, on Fox, 8 – 10 p.m.