updated 06/20/2012 AT 8:00 AM ET
•originally published 06/20/2012 AT 10:45 AM ET
As The X Factor’s new crop of judges travels the country in search of talented singers for the competition’s second season, Britney Spears has proved to be a tough judge who isn’t immune to the intense moments of emotional auditions.
“I think I’m a fair judge,” says Spears, 30, who spoke after the show’s San Francisco stop. “Sometimes it’s hard because I know what they’ve been through and being so young and [wanting to] achieving their dreams.”