Simon Cowell, American Idol

The X Factor is set to return on Wednesday night, and fans are curious to see what new judges Britney Spears and Demi Lovato bring to the table. Fox decided to whet our appetites with a new clip that doesn’t flinch from saying what some might be thinking.

In the promo, a contestant insists that he’s worked “way too frickin’ hard” to hear any criticism from the four judges. New addition Demi Lovato tries to calm him down, saying: “A lot of people work really, really hard for their dreams, but it’s not meant for everybody.”

The contestant snaps back: “That’s why you use auto-tune and I don’t.” Me-ow!

Britney Spears, showcasing her surprisingly vocal side, tells him: “I want to know who let you on stage. I feel uncomfortable with you even staring at me.” (And the tunes of Spears’ “Toxic” play in the background for added effect.)

At that, the contestant storms off, retorting: “You know what? I don’t need this either.”

Check out the clip below, which includes an hysterical moment in which Simon Cowell almost chokes on his Pepsi:

The second season of The X Factor kicks off on Fox Wednesday, Sept. 12 at 8/7 c.

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