Britney Spears And Simon Cowell Talk Rebooted 'The X Factor' On 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' (VIDEO)

09/13/2012 07:59 am ET | Updated Sep 13, 2012

Britney Spears and Simon Cowell sat down with "Jimmy Kimmel Live" to talk about the premiere of the new season of "The X Factor." With a major overhaul of the judging panel and the still-to-be-decided host situation, the show is notably different than it was during its debut season.

When Kimmel said he found it surprising that Cowell would choose Demi Lovato to join the panel because she was kind of loony, Cowell retorted, "I like working with loony people."

"Oh God, I'm great then," Spears quipped.

Of Spears, Cowell said, "She’s been a revelation on the show. She’s been superb."

Certainly, it seemed to be all about Britney, HuffPost TV pointed out, writing, "The host-free opening montage dedicated a fair amount of airtime to roaming through the crowd … cutting to hordes of fans who screamed and cried like they were witnessing the second coming of Elvis when Britney entered the arena."

Critics seem to be on board the Spears train as well, with EW praising her for not overdoing it, and saying "she looked comfortable." Could she and Lovato be the shot in the arm the show needs to get viewers excited?

Keep tuning in to "The X Factor" to find out, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET on Fox. Catch "Jimmy Kimmel Live" weeknights at 12 a.m. ET on ABC.

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