09/13/2012 02:41 am ET Updated Sep 13, 2012

'The X Factor' Premiere: Is Britney Spears The New Mean Judge? (VIDEO)

"It's Britney, bitch!" Sure, it's a line from one of Britney Spears' hit songs, but it's also perhaps descriptive of the pop star's debut on "The X Factor." At least it was made clear from the get-go that she wasn't going to be a wishy-washy judge like Nicole Scherzinger and Paula Abdul last season.

She explained in one segment backstage while talking with fellow newbie to the judging panel, 19-year-old Demi Lovato, that she would rather hear an emphatic "No!" if it was the truth, than have someone trying to be nice.

That's not to say she was brutal. She was just honest. "You need a new teacher," she told one contestant. "To teach you how to sing."

"And everybody thinks I’m the mean one," Simon Cowell quipped.

But it looks like Spears is a hit on the new panel, with the Dallas Morning News calling her "delightfully mean."

See more of Britney as "The X Factor" continues Wednesdays and Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET on Fox, and check out HuffPost TV's full review of the premiere.

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