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'X Factor' Promo: Britney's Got Bite!

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Jul 12, 2012 | 6:55am EDT

RAY_3478.JPGDrama! Insanity! Sabotage! Romance! Ego! Conflict! Desperation! Exclamation points!

It's no CW show — it's the new promo for The X Factor, which announces the in-your-face aforementioned exclamations to show you that, yes, there will be drama! And sabotage! And romance! Silly old me thought that this was just a normal singing competition, but oh, how wrong I apparently am! 

The advertised ego, conflict and desperation could potentially stem from the addition of new judges Demi Lovato and Britney Spears, and if the new TV spot for Season 2 of Fox's quasi-successful vocal slugfest tells us anything, it's that the latter is a surprisingly honest critic.

"I want to know who let you on stage," muses Spears (who has said she's a "fair judge") in the promo. Ouch, Brit! Could Simon Cowell have competition in the blunt critique category? But of course, the promo also proves that there's no shortage of Cowell dramatics ("You perform like a dog trying to lay an egg") and off-stage meltdowns ("Don't let Simon see this!" says one oxygen mask-clad woman being wheeled away on a stretcher). Wait a tick — could the second season of The X Factor actually make good on its rapidfire promises of exclamatory emotions?

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