Britney’s Claws Come Out On “X Factor”: “The Singing Came In And It Wasn’t… It Wasn’t Very Nice.”

Everyone was waiting with bated breath to see how Britney Spears would do on her debut on The X Factor last night. Our friends who have worshiped her since grade school (theirs, not hers) were nervous for Brit, and our pals who love a good train wreck were hoping for a meltdown.

Well, it turns out Britney did just fine—even a little amazing. After all these years, and all those barefoot Starbucks runs, Britney Spears is still America’s sweetheart. So it was simply delicious seeing her tell contestants things like “The singing came in and it wasn’t…it wasn’t very nice” and “I think you’re like Vanilla Ice meets Lauryn Hill meets West Side Story.” (We had already heard her tell one poor sap “I feel uncomfortable with you even staring at me” in a promo, so it lost some punch the second time around.)

It was nice seeing Britney handle seeing her old singing partner Don Philips gracefully. But watching her with Demi Lovato—who, let’s face it, makes Britney seem like the poster child for mental health—was like watching Mama June with Honey Boo Boo: Just one star helping nurture another—and pure television gold!

During the show, our Twitter slaves were busy tweeting away about Brit, Demi, Don, Kaci and the other contestants and judges. Check out what they had to say, and then be sure to head back to @Queerty tomorrow night for more snark and gushing over the new season of The X-Factor!

Did you think Britney whiffed it or nailed it? Should Demi be frisked for sharp objects? Is L.A. Reid really a zombie? Share your X-Factor thoughts in the comments section—or tell it to us at @Queerty!