Britney might be the sweetest judge of the four on The X Factor, but she’s not easily impressed.

“She’s got a really good instinct, and when she loves something, she looks like she wants to dance on the desk,” a source tells People. “When she doesn’t like someone, she is incredibly tough.”

Over the weekend at the auditions in Kansas City, Britney told one contestant “You have to be great to be on this show, so [I vote] no.”

Britney and the other judges even walked off the set after one audition was that terrible.

But, according to the source, Britney has a soft side too, which she displayed when she heard one little girl with a strong voice.

The young contestant, who sang “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going” from Dreamgirls, told the panel that if she won, she’d use some of the $5-million prize to take care of her family, so they would never have to be homeless again.

“Whoa! I don’t even believe you’re real,” a smiling Britney told the aspiring singer after a chills-inducing performance. “Was that just a track? You are amazing! Holy cow! You are a little woman, and you’re going to soar.”

As for Britney, “she’s really massively grown in confidence,” the source continued. “She loves interesting and fun auditions and is prepared to stick her neck out and support someone no matter if some of the other judges disagree.”

UPDATE: Britney Tweeted a link to this article, saying:

It’s all tough love…..I promise! @peoplemag @thexfactorusa

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