Perhaps to be expected, the ladies of the panel -- Demi Lovato and Spears -- admit that they are more sympathetic to the X Factor hopefuls than their male counterparts, given they know firsthand what it's like to be an actual performer.
"It helps us to be able to relate to them a little bit more and understand where they're coming from, because we've actually been in their shoes," Spears explains.
And giving negative criticism certainly didn't come easy for them.
"It's something I've definitely had to learn," Lovato admits. "At first I didn't even want to do it ... I mean, it sucks. But they're asking for your advice, and by stepping on that stage they also know that you could, you know, not like their performance. They're taking a chance, and I'm going to take a chance by telling them something that I believe."
Check out the video to hear why it's especially hard for Lovato to give criticism to young girls, and go to www.thexfactorusa.com to find more audition dates near you!