New The X Factor 2012 judge Britney Spears is the featured star of the newest promo for the show from FOX. The X Factor 2012 video promo puts Britney Spears front and center, playing on the singer’s fame and controversial personal background to draw in viewers for the new season of The X Factor USA 2012.

The X Factor 2012 premiere is just a few weeks away and FOX is ramping up the promotion for the show, which will grant a $5 million recording contract with Syco/Sony Music to the winning contender.

The X Factor 2012 signed on pop icon Britney Spears as a judge and mentor for the show in a bid to bring in younger viewers. She will reportedly mentor singers from 17 to 24.

Singer Demi Lovato and Jonas Brothers star Nick Jonas were also brought for The X Factor 2012 to appeal to the younger demograpic and will reportedly mentor performers from 12 to 16. L. A. Reid will return again this season to mentor the over 25 performers along with newly tapped helper Justin Bieber, and show creator Simon Cowell will mentor the groups.

The X Factor 2012 judge Britney Spears said in a promo clip for the show that she is a “very subtle” judge and she focuses on trying to use “constructive criticism.”

Those who have had the chance to watch Britney Spears in action as an X Factor judge, however, say she is extremely tough and sometimes quite harsh. She tells one contestant after their audition in the new promo she wanted to know “who let you on stage” because they were so bad. We hear she has somewhat less gentle things to say to some of the other hopefuls that took the stage in front of the judging panel.

In addition to being a tough critic, Britney Spears reportedly walked out on several auditions and has allegedly demanded that none of her backstage handlers or staff are ‘too pretty’ — a totally unconfirmed rumor, of course.

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