'The X Factor': Meet Britney Spears, tough judge (Video)
The answer may be yes. Anyone who assumed Brit Brit would be a soft touch who shied away from direct criticism may want to watch and rethink. In the short clip, everything we see from Spears is -- well -- harsh.
"You can't destroy that song, sweetie," she tells one hopeful.
"Very predictable," she tells another contestant.
"You don't have the X Factor," says Spears in a final bloodless edict.
So is Spears a closet toughie or is FOX just stringing together her most critical moments to give their promo a good run? What do you think?
Also -- no sign of the Spears we heard about during early tapings: The one who apparently went AWOL more than once and was chronically late for auditions.
The show premieres on Sept 12 on FOX.