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Paula Abdul supports new X Factor USA judges, Britney arrives at first live auditions round

Former X Factor USA panelist Paula Abdul has given her support to Britney Spears for the upcoming new season.

The 'Straight Up' singer was axed from her judges position after the last series of the popular vocal talent show, but told Perez Hilton that the 'Womanizer' superstar is a fantastic replacement:

"I think it's going to be great, and I'll tell you why. I think people are anticipating seeing Britney Spears. She's overcome a tremendous amount of adversity."

"And I'm always for the underdog coming back. She's a big star."

Earlier this evening (May 24), Spears tweeted a message to her 16.9 million Twitter followers to let them know she is on the set of her first ever X Factor USA live auditions round in Austin, Texas:

"Just arrived for @TheXFactorUSA auditions - hope everyone is ready! Still waiting on @SimonCowell of course..."




Watch music mogul Simon Cowell talk about deciding to get Spears involved with the competition below: