Will Britney Spears ruin The X Factor?

May 11, 2012 at 8:53 a.m. ET

Howard Stern ripped the decision to hire Britney Spears as the new judge on X Factor, saying the pop queen will do little more than twirl her hair and look cute. Does he have a point?

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Britney Spears will reportedly join the judges' panel on X Factor next season -- but Howard Stern thinks her $15 million may as well be flushed down the toilet.

Radio shock jock Stern, who is raking in a reported $20 million to sit on the judges' panel of America's Got Talent, pretty much called Britney useless and vapid during a press conference to promote his new project.

"Well, I think it's a wonderful decision," Stern said sarcastically. "Britney still thinks the earth is flat."

"I don't anticipate great opinions from her. I think she's gonna sit there like J.Lo, 'Oh, you're wonderful, you're terrific. You think I can get a perfume endorsement out of this?'" he said, insulting American Idol judge Jennifer Lopez while he was at it.

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"As far as any real criticism, I think Simon Cowell and L.A. Reid will do that," he said. "I think Britney will sit there and eat a lollipop and wear a sexy outfit."

Of course, the fact of the matter is that Britney could sit there and pick her nose for an hour and X Factor would still get crazy ratings by her presence alone -- much like AGT is taking a gamble Stern's presence will do. Besides, it's not like Britney has no experience with televised talent competitions. She did get her start on Star Search, after all.

Watch 10-year-old Britney Spears on Star Search:

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