updated 10/05/2012 AT 1:45 PM ET
•originally published 10/05/2012 AT 7:25 AM ET
In Miami for the second round of competition, which will cut the number of contestants down to just 24 acts, Britney and her fellow judges pitted singers against each other to perform at the same time.
“To be fair, they both got to chose the same song, and they both decide themselves which part of the song to sing,” Simon Cowell explained. “So it’s entirely in their hands.”
In other words, the task was designed to bring out the contestants’ competitive side. It also brought out plenty of tears.