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Britney Spears is "as sweet as a lemon" when judging 'The X Factor'.
The 'Toxic' singer has just recently finished filming auditions for the second series of the pop star search show, and boss Simon Cowell says she is not afraid to hold back on contestants who are not up to standard.
Speaking at a press conference in Miami, Simon - who himself has been dubbed 'Mr Nasty' for his cutting comments on the UK version of the show - said: "Britney is quite mean, which I think you will discover."
He added Britney and fellow new judge Demi Lovato are harder to please than him or the fourth member of the judging panel, L.A. Reid.
He said: "They are harder to please than me or L.A. They are very happy giving people a 'no.' They definitely have their own opinions."
Among the statements Britney has made to contestants during filming have been "you can't destroy that song, sweetie," and "I want to know who let you on stage".
Britney - who got her first break as a singer aged just 15 - insists she was tough because she wants to give people a realistic taste of the music business and wants to help them get better as artists and performers.
The 30-year-old pop star is adamant she is "just a very honest person," adding: "I have done eight tours and I have been in the music industry for a while, and I think being able to give back is really interesting."
'The X Factor' will return to screens in the autumn.
Simon Cowell believes Britney Spears is a "fearless" 'X Factor' judge.
The 'Toxic' singer joined the judging panel of the show alongside Demi Lovato following Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger's exit after one series, and the music mogul claims Britney is excellent because she is not swayed by anyone else's opinion.
He said: "Britney is fearless. She has no qualms about turning down a contestant. To get a, 'No' out of Paula, as you know, was like getting blood out of a stone because she didn't want to be unpopular.
"Britney will turn people down even if 4,000 people are going crazy about the contestant."
Simon - who left the UK version of the show to set up a US adaptation - also praised Demi, who he finds often gangs up with Britney.
He added to RadarOnline.com: "When the two of them get together and me and L.A. Reid want someone to go through, these two, they gang up. And that's what happens when you put two girls together!"
The second season of the US 'X Factor' will premiere on September 12.
Salma Hayek has promised to return to '30 Rock'.
The actress appeared in the third season of the comedy for a multi-episode arc portraying Elisa, the girlfriend of NBC executive Jack Donaghy (Alec Baldwin), and creator Tina Fey has made her commit to a return before the show finishes its seventh and final season.
Tina told Entertainment Weekly: "I tried to tell Selma Hayek that she has to come back. She said that she would and I'm going to hold her to that."
Salma isn't the only star on Tina's "bucket list", she also hopes to lure Michael Sheen, Isabella Rossellini and other guest stars back to the show.
She said: "There are going to be people that we've always wanted to have on that we haven't, for various reasons, been able to yet. Or characters we've enjoyed so much that we want to bring back at some point before we leave.
" I always wanted to get Michael Benjamin Washington back on who played Donald Jordan, the older son. Of course we want to get Dennis Duffy in at some point. I'd love to get Michael Sheen to come back as Wesley Snipes.
"I'd love to get Isabella Rossellini back because we were reminding ourselves that Jack was married before, and she was a very pivotal character once."
Britney Spears' 'X Factor' walkouts are "embarrassing" show bosses.
The 'Toxic' singer has stepped out of auditions twice and sources close to show supremo Simon Cowell say he is worried paying the pop star $15 million to take a role on the panel was not worth the trouble she is causing.
A source told the Daily Mirror newspaper: "It's embarrassing to have an empty seat on the panel in filming sessions as the footage is almost totally wasted. If a great singer appears and producers want to use the audition, you have to tell viewers why Britney wasn't there. That's not easy.
"Britney is getting $15 million to appear and it could be the biggest gamble Simon Cowell has ever made."
Britney's first walkout was in Austin, Texas and while she and the other judges, Demi Lovato, L.A. Reid and stand-in Louis Walsh, all left their seats in protest at a rude contestant in Kansas at the weekend, Britney was the only panelist not to immediately return.
An insider revealed she went to her dressing room, leaving the others to finish the auditions without her.
The source added: "If she continues to behave like this it will get embarrassing."
Britney's manager Larry Rudolph denied any problems saying: "What is everyone's problem? Everything is fine. Britney loves being on 'X Factor'."
Lady Gaga is launching her own social networking site.
The 'Born This Way' singer is a committed user of twitter and has close to 25 million followers on the website but she has now decided to create her own internet portal for her fans.
The 'Little Monsters' social network - which takes its name from Gaga's nickname for her fans - will be for the pop superstar's fans to use to communicate with each other and share photos, videos and content with one another. According to Mashable.com, the Little Monsters site is currently only at the BETA testing stage and has elements similar to the Pinterest mobile phone app - which allows users to drop pins on locations and things they like - and Reddit.com which encourages users to rate content they like.
The website is the first project being launched by Backplane - a tech start-up company which is party founded by Gaga and her manager Troy Carter.
The Little Monsters site is due to go live later this year.
Meanwhile, Gaga - who also has 47 million fans on Facebook - made a cameo appearance in 'The Simpsons' over the weekend.
In the episode, the 26-year-old singer visits Lisa Simpson at her home after Homer takes his daughter to her concert and she realizes the schoolgirl is unhappy.
The animated Gaga also performed a new song especially for her 'Little Monsters', entitled 'Lisa Simpson Superstar'.
Kristen Wiig held back tears as she made what is believed to be her last appearance on 'Saturday Night Live' over the weekend.
The final sketch during the season finale saw the actress - who has been a cast member on the show for seven years - donned a cap and gown with guest host Mick Jagger acting as high school principal during a graduation scene.
Kristen's character was singled out as "one particular student who is leaving this summer", and she then danced with the Rolling Stones rocker, executive producer Lorne Michaels and other cast members to the group's hit 'She's a Rainbow.'
Kristen then struggled to keep her emotions in check as the show's full ensemble, including Amy Poehler and John Hamm, appeared to sing 'Ruby Tuesday', which features the line
"Still I'm gonna miss you".
Network NBC have not made any official announcement about Kristen leaving the show, or commented on the rumors that Jason Sudeikis and Andy Samberg are also departing as program regulars.
It was first reported that the 'Bridesmaids' star would be leaving the show a month ago.
A source said at the time: "Kristen was talking about leaving a while ago. With her movie success, it's no surprise."