‘The X Factor’ USA: Britney Spears shines as judge in new snippets

So far, so good?

Is it just us, or does Britney Spears actually sound like she is going to be a pretty good “X Factor” judge? Despite all of the talk out there — a good bit of it negative — surrounding whether or not the pop megastar will get the job done, we’ve just heard some new audio suggesting that she knows what to say to aspiring singers as well as how to say it.

While Britney could still at times work on her nerves, she has a pretty good sense of banter with some of the contestants — telling one act that she doesn’t know how they were even allowed on the stage while hilariously telling another that she wants them to come and “wake her up in the morning.” (Of course, the dirty minds of the fellow judges started running laps after this remark.)

After the Britney news was announced, we admit that we were a little bit nervous about whether or not she would bring something dynamic to the show — after all, pop megastars don’t have the best track record of being open-minded critics. However, Britney does not show any signs here of having under the pressure of a crowd (she’s certainly better than Steven Tyler), and her presence alone seems to be changing the way contestants act.

Based on these clips, is Britney meeting or exceeding your expectations?

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