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Simon Cowell questions Britney Spears 'X Factor' USA hire?

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Simon Cowell is allegedly having doubts over hiring Britney Spears for The X Factor USA.

In May, the singer signed a $15m (£9.6m) deal to join the Fox series after reportedly initially asking for $20m (£12.7m).

L.A. Reid, Demi Lovato, Britney Spears and Simon Cowell on the set of The X Factor USA

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However, ever since the show began holding auditions in Austin for its second season, reports have emerged suggesting that Spears is being driven to a meltdown by her judging role.

"He [Cowell] wonders if hiring her was a mistake," a source told Us Weekly. "I don't know how she's going to handle the live shows!"

A witness insisted that the 30-year-old is a poor addition to the series, saying that she refuses to criticize even the worst contestants.

"[Spears] always said nice things, even telling one mediocre singer he could be 'bigger than Justin Bieber'. Simon was shocked!" the insider said.

However, an X Factor USA source told the website that Cowell is perfectly happy with Spears.

"Simon doesn't regret hiring Britney, and as a judge, she had strong opinions," the source said.

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