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Britney Spears Finally Looks Amazing On 'X Factor' Finale (PHOTOS)

12/21/2012 08:45 am ET | Updated Dec 21, 2012

This is the way "The X Factor" ends, not with a bang but with a lovely Britney Spears outfit.

It's been a big season for Ms. Spears, 31, whose gig as a judge marked a career comeback for the former teen pop sensation. The highest-paid female musician of the year, Spears hasn't always matched her top earning potential with her sartorial aptitude. There were those ill-advised blonde wigs, the maybe-too-tight bandage dresses and the fringe-laden crop tops.

But luckily, Britney's style swerve came to an end at Thursday night's season finale, where the "Scream & Shout" singer hit the red carpet in a flowing black leather and sheer paneled gown by Bottega Veneta, with her hair pulled back in a sleek updo. Embellished with diamond studs, a cross necklace and sexy cat-lined eyes, the look was the perfect wrap-up to her 2012 comeback year.

Bravo, Britney. Over and out.

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