It’s A Love Fest! ‘Britney Has Great Taste,’ Says Fellow X Factor Judge L.A. Reid

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Jun. 11 2012, Published 2:00 p.m. ET

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By Debbie Emery - Reporter

The X Factor auditions have only just kicked off, but already the new batch of judges are bonding together, and has a sneak peak at their backstage love fest.

As we previously reported, Britney Spears walked off the set in Kansas City, Missouri, on Friday with fiancé Justin Trawick following closely behind her. Meanwhile Simon Cowell wasn’t there at all, citing “illness” for his absence and having The X Factor UK judge Louis Walsh stand in for him.

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But by Saturday, Britney’s mini-meltdown was a thing of the past, and she appeared more settled in her new role thanks to the support of her sidekicks.

In a behind the scenes interview on the set, the judges revealed their initial thoughts about the contestants who have strutted their stuff on stage for them. Newcomer Brit tried to be polite by subtly saying, “They were a little bizarre performances overall,” while Walsh didn’t hold back, “Awful!” he said bluntly.

“It’s been a little suspect,” revealed label mogul L.A. Reid. “But we’re going back now to audition more, so we’re still hopeful.”

Spears summed it up with one word, “Potential – but not quite X Factor.”

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Dressed in a grey patterned dress and matching cropped jacket, Britney appeared very prim and proper during the interview, but decidedly nervous in her new position as judge and mentor.

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Second year alum Reid reassured her by saying what great taste she has, and revealed they only disagreed with her once. “One out of 75 auditions, that’s not bad!”

“Britney tells it like it is,” added Walsh, as the pop star giggled next to him nervously.

Late arrival to the interview was Disney star Demi Lovato, who like her buddy Britney doesn’t like bashing people and dashing their dreams.

“When I got in the seat and have to give negative criticism to somebody, it sucks,” said Demi, “But they’re taking a chance, and I’m taking a chance by telling them something that I believe.”

Having been in their shoes before, Demi said she “is more sympathetic.”

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