For a glorious four months in 2012, Britney Spears was a judge on The X Factor. It was a bit of a blink-and-miss-it moment in pop culture history: Spears left the show after one season. Personally, I miss Britney and her infectious energy: she was raw and real on the show, in a way that we don't see on reality shows in general.
Many of us grew up with Spears, from "... Baby One More Time" to the Timberlake Era to "Gimme Gimme More" — and needless to say, many of us miss her. She has yet to find a vehicle that really showcases her talent for emoting only through her facial expressions (not to mention her mastery of the side-eye). While she's not the best actress (sorry, but I've seen Crossroads), she's an endearing personality, and that deserves to be showcased. It's a combination of her Southern charm, genuine warmth, and the fact that we all watched her grow that makes me wish she was television every week — so, with '90s nostalgia at an all-time high, it's time to bring her back.
So, without further ado, "it's Britney, GIF." Here are 31 Brit-Brit GIFs to remind you of her awesomeness, and make you wish she had her own competition show.
1. The Dance Party
Have you seen a Simon Cowell or a Paula Abdul or a Cee Lo Green do that!? No. Spears is the best judge — or at least the most fun to watch.
2. The Respectful Clap
"Good job! You tried!"
3. The Genuine Smile
When she smiles, I smile.
4. The Pucker
Either they just suck at singing, or she just tasted something sour.
5. The "Awwwww!"
She's the cutest person, and it looks like she's celebrating a puppy who just got a treat.
6. The "I'm Gonna Hurl"
Bad belting may induce vomiting.
7. The "Honesty Is The Best Policy"
Tell it to 'em straight, Brit.
8. The Almost Grumpy Cat
Spears' mouth curves down to near-Grumpy Cat levels.
9. The Full-On Grumpy Cat
11. The "I Can't Even"
She is literally blocking her ears. Literally.
12. The Cha-Ching
13. The Honest Nod, Ft. Cleavage
This one is just beautiful.
14. The Consolation Compliment
They might suck at singing... but they have at least one thing going for them.
15. The "Let Me Think About It"
Brit is perplexed.
16. The Nail-Biter
Stars: they're just like us! Brit also has this habit.
17. The Focuser
She pays attention to the performer.
18. The Encourager
Hands down better than hearing it from my parents.
19. The Dainty Clapping Black Swan
She can overcome the unfortunate eyeliner.
20. The "WTF?"
We've all been there.
21. The Sniffle
Get that lil' boogie out of the way.
22. The Confused Glance
Can't hide behind the hat.
23. The Flip
24. The Schemer
She looks like she's planning something big.
25. The "America's Sweetheart"
This one's just adorable.
26. The Kiss
27. The Double Kiss
28. The "Really?!"
I mean...really, though?
29. The Chins
She, too, has chins.
30. The Tiny Wave
31. The Hair-In-Lip Gloss
It happens to the best of us.