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For Britney Spears, listening to a drag queen try out for The X Factor by singing a cover of one of her hit "(You Drive Me) Crazy" hit a little close to home.

During Monday's auditions in Greensboro, N.C., Spears stormed off the set after the man, dressed partially as a woman, rocked through her 1999 single.

Spears, 30, reportedly "looked stunned" throughout the performance.

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Fellow judge L.A. Reid patted her on the back, while Demi Lovato and Simon Cowell could not muster anything beyond covering their faces with their hands.

Reid and Lovato followed Britney off the set, while Cowell stayed behind. "I don't think she quite understood your tribute," he told the bedazzled singer.

"I had to fight real hard to get here," the tearful singer said, noting that he was on welfare and nearly missed X Factor's call because he can't pay his phone bill.

Fortunately, Britney returned shortly thereafter to acknowledge him.

"I really respect the tribute," Spears said when she regained her composure and sat back down at the judges' table minutes later. "It was really nice."

It's been quite an emotional summer for the first-year judge. She previously met a gay contestant she once worked with, and walked off set once before.

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Britney Spears became emotional when a familiar face showed up at the San Francisco auditions for The X Factor on Sunday – and revealed a personal secret.

When a male contestant stepped onto the stage at the Oracle Arena, "You could see that Britney recognized him straight away," a source says. From where?

"I know him," said Britney Spears, who was sitting on the panel with Simon Cowell, L.A. Reid and Demi Lovato. "We did a duet together 10 years ago."

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"She got this huge smile on her face and her eyes lit up. It was so sweet," said a source, but when the singer started to cry in front of her, things changed.

"I'm gay," he said, and the audition became emotionally charged. "At the time I didn't think I was worthy. I didn't think you thought it was okay that I am gay."

Britney was nothing but supportive. "I think it is fine you are gay," she said.

"When he started crying and saying he thought he'd never see her again and that he'd had a lot to deal with, Britney was comforting him," the source says.

But during his audition, Britney Spears was visibly shaken up as well.

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Britney Spears is not afraid to mix it up on The X Factor.

During auditions in Kansas City, Mo., with Simon Cowell out sick, his show's newest judge proved she is taking her job very seriously.

"She's got a really good instinct, and when she loves something, she looks like she wants to dance on the desk," a source says.

"When she doesn't like someone, she is incredibly tough."

  • Britney Spears at The X Factor Auditions
  • Britney Spears' White Dress

Since joining X Factor last month, Spears, whose first week on the job was suspect, "she's really massively grown in confidence," a source says.

"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."

Her tough side came out this weekend, when she told one aspiring singer, "You have to be great to be on this show, so [I vote] no."

Ouch! During another audition, Spears, Demi Lovato, L.A. Reid and Cowell stand-in Louis Walsh ALL walked off the set of the show.

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An interesting explanation of Britney Spears walking off The X Factor set Thursday has emerged in a new report on TMZ: She did because she can.

The show wanted Spears so badly, they literally gave away the candy store ... well not literally, although she could probably buy a candy store.

With a deal paying her $15 million for one season, Britney is raking it in, and that's not even all. Her contract basically gives her carte blanche.

Spears has the right to do things during production that are not "normal," insiders say, and that includes taking breaks whenever she feels like it.

Simon Cowell and Britney Spears

As one source put it, "Simon is a shrewd businessman who knew Britney could make his show and he was willing to give her just about anything."

Guess so. And hey, look at us talking about The X Factor in May!

Yesterday, Britney walked off the set during the very first taping, leaving behind an empty judge's chair while four contestants did their thing.

Sources connected with the production say Britney was "overwhelmed" and left. She sort of denied this on Twitter, but would anyone be surprised?

People who were at the taping claim she was upset by the audience reacting negatively to some of her comments, then abruptly peaced out.

Howard Stern's right. This could be a train wreck. But highly-rated!

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Britney Spears saluted the crowd as she made her way onto the stage at the first round of The X Factor auditions on Thursday (May 24) in Austin, Texas.

Did the first drama of the season take place mere minutes later?

Reports that she walked off the set after someone butchered one of her songs surfaced on TMZ yesterday, but Brit took to her Twitter to downplay them.

"#Britneywalksoff??? LOL was just taking a break people. I am having the BEST time!!!" she wrote, Twitter hashtag and all, in response to the rumor.

Sounds like a lot of hot air. Earlier in the day, Britney and Demi Lovato Tweeted their excitement at the start of the new season, so it's likely all good.

But don't expect this to be the last Britney drama, rumored or otherwise. The singer's first foray into the reality TV format is sure to be memorable.

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The first promo for The X Factor season 2 asks viewers if they're ready for a pair of very famous new judges.

But what about those judges themselves? Demi Lovato and Britney Spears sure sounded ready today when they touched down in Austin, Texas for their very first round of auditions.

  • Britney Spears at X Factor Auditions
  • Demi Lovato in Austin

"So excited to be going to Austin this week for @TheXFactorUSA auditions!" Spears, who was accompanied to Austin with Jason Trawick, Tweeted. "Will I see any of y'all there on Thurs or Fri?"

Added Lovato via the same social network:

"It's my first day... woo hoo!! Who's coming??!!! #XFACTORUSA."

Approximately 200 hopefuls will face Demi, Britney, Simon Cowell and L.A. Reid during four three-hour show tapings over the next couple days. And from there, it's off to another city... and then another... and then another.

Which of the new panelists has you most excited?

 

UPDATE: A source tells TMZ that Spears walked off the set a few contestants in after a singer butchered her song, "Hold It Against Me." It's unclear if she was upset or just needed a break, but a few subsequent crooners auditioned in front of one empty chair.

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Fox has one question for viewers: Are you ready?

During last night's American Idol finale, the network aired its first promo for season two of The X Factor. It included, of course, shots of the show's two new judges: Britney Spears and Demi Lovato. It also featured a cackling Simon Cowell asking folks, what the heck was I thinking?

We have no idea, as neither Britney nor Demi seem like ideal choices for a live competition that involves banter, quick wit and the ability to actually critique others. But, hey, we'll be happy to be proven wrong.

Watch the trailer now:

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They won't be competing against each other, but it's nevertheless on between Duets and The X Factor.

On the ABC Upfront party red carpet this week, John Legend - one of the four singers who will be teaming up with amateurs across the country on the new singing competition - was asked about the new X Factor judges, Britney Spears and Demi Lovato, and replied:

"You know it's interesting. It should be very interesting. I don't have much to say," Legend told E! News. "It's interesting when people, you know, are judging singing competitions when they aren't really singers."

Demi Lovato and Britney Spears at Upfront

Ouch! Interesting is one diplomatic word for it, yes.

Robin Thicke, who will also appear on Duets, gave the young ladies some credit at least: "Oh come on, everything Britney does, she excels at. Demi is a lovely young lady, and I'm sure they'll do nothing but make the show a lot more fun to watch."

Which of these X Factor judges has you most excited?

 

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Demi Lovato and Britney Spears met the press yesterday.

Officially announced as season two judges on The X Factor, the singers posed for photos and greeted journalists and advertisers at the FOX Upfront in New York City - and Lovato even kept her hair dyed for the occasion.

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  • Britney Spears and Demi Lovato X Factor Introduction
  • Demi Lovato and Britney Spears at Upfront

“I am totally stoked to be here,” Lovato told attendees at the event. “I’m excited to represent my generation and I’m ready to find the winner.”

But is she ready to criticize? Since leaving rehab, Lovato has been adamant in telling fans that it's okay to be yourself, that confidence is the key to happiness. A great message, no doubt. But does it really jibe with being a reality show judge?

Weigh in now: Which new panelist has you most excited?

 

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Britney Spears and Demi Lovato will join L.A. Reid and Simon Cowell as judges on The X Factor, Fox confirmed at its upfront presentation this afternoon.

Spears, one of the most successful and celebrated artists in pop music history, gives the show A-list star power as it gears up for its sophomore season.

Lovato is no slouch herself, having become an accomplished singer and actress with a devoted and engaged young fan base. Not bad for the age of 19.

  • Hot Demi Lovato Pic
  • Britney Spears Hairstyle

“I'm absolutely delighted that Britney and Demi are joining us,” said Cowell, who removed Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger at the end of last season.

“Britney Spears remains one of the biggest stars in the world, she's talented, fascinating – and I believe she knows exactly how to spot The X Factor."

"Demi's had an amazing career in music, TV and film for someone her age. She's young, confident, and enthusiastic," he added of his other panelist.

"It's important that she speaks to our younger audience. The new panel will be dynamic and will work really well with the changes to the show.”

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Britney Spears Quotes

I miss it here so much! I love it so much! It makes me it's kinda like bittersweet coming here because I used to live here for two years. And when I come here, it's like, man, I wish I had my apartment here still.

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MTV has long played an important role in my career. How can I not be there to kick off their 25th VMAs?

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