13 September 2012 7:00 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

It's good to have Britney Spears back. She's a star, whatever her ups and downs, and the originator of some of the most iconic pop images of the past 20 years. Yes, it's always good to know Britney is in the house. Or simply a house. Or even The X Factor. Wednesday saw her debut as a judge on season 2 of Fox's colossally ambitious - if not colossally successful singing competition - along with 20-year-old Demi Lovato. Juxtaposed with the 30-year-old Spears, Lovato looked very young. Simon Cowell, who suffered a ratings disappointment with season 1, let Spears dominate the two hours. »

- PEOPLE TV Critic Tom Gliatto

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