Simon Cowell may have a new partner-in-crime. The “X-Factor” judge tells “People” new judge Britney Spears is taking her role seriously and is surprisingly mean. Cowell also calls Spears’ “unpredictable” and “fascinating” in that he never knows what to expect from her. That means the notoriously critical judge may have some competition of his own when it comes to dishing out the hard truths to contestants. Fellow new judge Demi Lovato also has taken a liking to Spears’ judging style, saying that the show is a great opportunity for the world to get to know Spears’ personality and quirkiness. Cowell made sure to build up the anticipation warning that he has no control over the two new judges. The new season of “X-Factor” premieres this Thursday, September 12th on Fox

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