05/25/2012 01:11 pm ET

'The X Factor': Britney Spears, Demi Lovato, L.A. Reid And Simon Cowell Judge In Austin (PHOTOS)

"The X Factor" Season 2 has begun and we have a first look at new judges Britney Spears and Demi Lovato in action.

The pop stars joined L.A. Reid and Simon Cowell in Austin, Texas for auditions and created quite a stir. "The X Factor" Season 2 premiere is still months away, but the rumored walkouts and clashes are already generating buzz.

Former "X Factor" judge Paula Abdul told Wendy Williams she thinks the new panel is great.

"I think people are anticipating seeing Britney Spears," Abdul said, according to the Los Angeles Times. "She's had a long career and she's overcome a tremendous amount of adversity, and I am always for the underdog coming back. She's a big star."

Spears and Lovato joined "The X Factor" after months of rumors that had everybody from Fergie to Miley Cyrus poised to join the judges panel for the reality singing competition. The duo are replacing Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger who got the axe along with host Steve Jones after Season 1.

"I'm absolutely delighted Britney and Demi are joining us," Simon Cowell said in a press release. "Britney remains one of the biggest stars in the world, she's talented, fascinating -0 and I believe she knows exactly how to spot 'The X Factor.' Demi's had an amazing career in music, TV and film for someone her age. She's young, confident, and enthusiastic. I think it's really important that she speaks to our younger audience. The new panel will be dynamic and will work really well with the changes we are making to the show."

Take a look at the new photos of the panel below.

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