Is there trouble on the X Factor USA set with new judge Britney Spears already? Reports from multiple news outlets say the pop icon walked off during the Austin, Texas auditions today (May 24), the first audition round of the second season.
TMZ reports that the walk off was due to Brit getting upset over a contestant butchering her song “Hold It Against Me.” The report goes on to say that Spears remained missing through four more contestants.
So what’s the real story? Britney Spears laughed off the reports, shedding a little insight on the matter with a tweet on Twitter. “#Britneywalksoff??? LOL was just taking a little break people,” Brit said in the message. “I am having the BEST time!!!”
Britney eventually returned from her break and continued judging the auditioners. E!’s Marc Malkin reports that the crowd actually booed the pop star “for gushing over someone who didn’t sing very well.”
This is Britney Spears and Demi Lovato’s first day as XF judges. The two were officially announced as this season’s new judges at Fox’s Upfronts in NYC earlier this month. Spears is reportedly earning a whopping $15 million in the deal.