'X Factor': Britney Spears on Carly Rose Sonenclar and the Season 3 question

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britney-spears-x-factor-party-fox-gi.jpgWhatever Britney Spears is doing as a mentor on "The X Factor," it seems to be working. Her last remaining contestant Carly Rose Sonenclar is a favorite to win and sailed right through tonight's results show into next week's semifinals.

Spears says she sees a bit of herself in the young power singer. "The way [Carly Rose] is kind of shy and then she gets on stage and it's an insane voice," Spears says. "When I was younger, she reminds me a lot of me."

In addition to savvy mentoring, Spears believes Sonenclar benefits from something that can't be taught. "Her personality. She's so cool," Spears says of Sonenclar's strengths. "Like Simon said about her the other night, she has this demeanor. She really gets it. She understands the business and that's what you also need on top of being talented. I think that's her best quality."

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Although Spears debuted the music video for her new single, "Scream & Shout," with will.i.am on last week's "X Factor," she has yet to take the stage to perform. Will she before the season ends? "I don't know, maybe," Spears says. "We'll see."

With only two weeks left in her heavily hyped "X Factor" debut season, Spears can't believe it's almost over. "Yeah it is kind of sad," she says. "The year's gone by so fast, it's crazy."

But on the subject of coming back for Season 3, Spears' answer is short and fast: "Who knows."

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