I have to admit, when Britney Spears’ name was being thrown around as a potential judge on the second season of “The X Factor”, I wasn’t a fan. Yes, I like Brit’s songs but having her judge a singing competition just didn’t seem right. I also feared that Britney wouldn’t be able to keep up with Simon Cowell’s barbs and handle the pressure of a live audience hanging off her every word. Could she formulate witty, insightful and constructive feedback on demand? Based on initial audio from the auditions held in Austin, Texas, I would say “yes”.

In several clips from the tryouts, Britney comes off as charming, likeable, playful and even hard-nosed in certain instances. From mispronouncing names, to comparing a contestant to Alvin and the Chipmunks, Spears sounds ready to play the game. At certain points, she even channels a former judge and utters Paula Abdul-isms. You know those “magical” and random comments Paula made infamous. Then at another time, she comes to the defense of fellow judge Demi Lovato when a contestant disses Lovato.

Who’s this new and improved Britney. If she keeps getting comfortable in her new role, I foresee Britney stealing the second season of “The X Factor“. Check out several audio clips below where Spears doles out the disses and praises.

What did you think? Are you looking forward to the second season of “The X Factor?” Do you think Britney can maintain her sanity and composure during live television? Sound off below.