The early reports from the set of Simon Cowell's new and improved X Factor — starring LA Reid, Disney-and-rehab alum Demi Lovato, and one Britney Spears — were troubling: Britney wasn't talking much. Maybe she looked a little glassy-eyed. There were reports that she kept storming off set whenever a contestant botched one of her songs. To be fair, she's curbed that last habit a bit, and also, it seems like all the X Factor judges get to bolt whenever they need to take a phone call or update an eBay bid. Still, the Britney faithful were worried — would she spend the whole season in Roboto mode? Would her team feed her lines and keep her from doing anything remotely interesting? Based on the first footage of Britney at the judges' table (in this very brief X Factor commercial, below), the answer is: Yes to the canned lines but maybe, possibly, no to the rest? Britney is saying mean things! To real human people! On national television! And watch her delivery on that first putdown — "You can't destroy that song, sweetie" — with the eager hand raise and the bitchy tone. It's almost like she's enjoying this. We believe.
Most Viewed Stories
Game of Thrones Recap: Moral Victories
Talking Pregnancy and Prostate Stimulation With Ali Wong
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Is Reportedly in Trouble
How Mindy Kaling’s Subtle, Cunning Lies Affected B.J. Novak’s Psyche While Filming The Office
Meet Randyll Tarly, Game of Thrones’ Newest Terrible Father
That Time a Baked Sound Engineer Changed Eminem’s ‘Stan’ Forever
5 Secrets That Still Need to Be Revealed on Game of Thrones
Latest News from VultureMazel Tov! Transparent Is Renewed for Season 4
The Pfeffermans will be back!The Government of Poland Is Still Trying to Extradite Roman Polanski
In October, a Polish judge declined to extradite the director to the U.S.Here’s Your Awkward Family Photo-Style First Look at Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
The play stars Jamie Parker as Harry, Poppy Miller as Ginny, and Sam Clemmett as Albus.Amber Heard’s Lawyers Speak Out Against Johnny Depp: ‘Amber Is the Victim. Amber Is a Hero’
"Amber is simply a victim of domestic violence, and none of her actions are motivated by money."The Bachelorette Recap: The Rise of Chad
Chad is Donald Trump.What’s New on Netflix: June 2016
Jurassic Park! Orange Is the New Black! Spotlight!Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Is Reportedly in Trouble
It's testing poorly, according to "Page Six."Lady Dynamite Recap: Ghostmaids and Bridebusters
Karen Grisham is a really common name, huh?The Mindy Project Recap: Deep in the Grotto of Texas
Mindy makes good on a drunken promise to visit Peter in Austin.Bloodline Recap: Like Father, Like Son
Ben Mendelsohn is haunting this show.
This week's episode is a total snoozefest.Talking Pregnancy and Prostate Stimulation With Ali Wong
At the nail salon with the stand-up comedian and Fresh off the Boat writer.If You’ve Ever Wanted to See Bruce Springsteen and Bono Perform ‘Because the Night’ Together, Today’s Your Lucky Day
Sing it, boys.Who Ya Gonna Call for Praise of the Ghostbusters Reboot? Dan Aykroyd!
He has some clout.Dwayne Johnson Cast As Doc Savage, Who Is Basically If Indiana Jones and the Rock Had a Baby — Though Sadly That Will Probably Not Be His Origin Story
The man of bronze himself.Maybe Think Twice About Filming Adele at Her Concert, Because She Will Call You Out, and Things Will Get Awkward
Who the hell brings a tripod to a concert, anyway?Here’s What Kanye’s Yeezus Vinyl Would’ve Looked Like
Very minimalist. Very chic.Watch The Fundamentals of Caring Trailer and Help Paul Rudd Help You Help Yourself
Keep on lorrying.The Carmichael Show Season-Finale Recap: Making Sitcoms Great Again
Carmichael wraps up a strong season by mixing the political with the personal.The Name’s Bond, Jane Bond — Emilia Clarke Throws Her Name Into the Mix for a Female 007
With Leo as her leading man.