12 September 2012 7:25 PM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Simon Cowell's signature snark took a backseat to Britney Spears' surprisingly naughty debut as a first-time judge on the season premiere of The X Factor USA.

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Not afraid to tell it like it is, Spears shot down many a would-be hopeful as she, alongside Demi Lovato, L.A. Reid and Simon Cowell, oversaw auditions in Austin, TX, San Francisco, CA, and Providence, Ri.

"I felt I was listening to Alvin and the Chipmunks," "that was just kind of bad" and "you need a new teacher to teach you how to sing" were just a handful of the one-liners delivered by the Princess of Pop as shocked contestants were given the not-so-subtle message to vacate the stage.

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Spears wasn't the only one to dish some attitude tonight. Fellow newbie judge Demi Lovato got some good »


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