Simon Cowell wonders if hiring Britney Spears for X Factor was a mistake after she fled from audition room. An insider says The X Factor creator Simon Cowell is already anxious about Spears’ unpredictable behavior. “He wonders if hiring her was a mistake,” a source tells Us Weekly.

The trouble began May 24 at auditions in Austin. “When a contestant botched her hit ‘Hold It Against Me,’ she just left,” says a witness. “She missed the next four auditions. People weren’t sure if she was coming back.” (Spears, 30, later tweeted, “LOL was just taking a little break people.”) A witness says that while Cowell, 52, L.A. Reid, 56, and Demi Lovato, 19, critiqued contestants, Spears “always said nice things, even telling one mediocre singer he could be ‘bigger than Justin Bieber.’ Simon was shocked!”While an X Factor insider counters, “Simon doesn’t regret hiring Britney, and as a judge, she had strong opinions,’ the first source cautions, “I don’t know how she’s going to handle the live shows!”

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