Fans weren’t sure if Simon Cowell was shading Britney a few weeks ago during The X Factor auditions when he said a contestant’s horrible rendition of “Toxic” sounded like “the original,” so we gave him a free pass.

This time we’ll just assume he’s bitter Britney took the money and ran back to the recording studio. A different contestant horribly sang “Baby One More Time” and he said something similar… check it out:

What gives, Simon?