Britney Spears Explains Why She ‘Walked Off’ ‘The X-Factor’

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Britney Spears first day on The X-Factor got off to a rocky start. Check out video from the auditions after the jump.

14 artists tried out for the show, but the “Toxic” singer reportedly walked off the set after the 10th, leaving fellow judges Simon Cowell, Antonio “L.A.” Reid and Demi Lovato to hear the final four acts.

According to, Britney was reportedly angered after one aspiring singer auditioned by performing her hit single “Hold It Against Me” – and totally butchered it. Britney left her fellow judges behind afterward the tryout; but a show insider says that Britney just “needed a break”.

E! reports that the pop princess only said “no” to two acts and was very pleasant to the hopefuls packed into the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas. 

E! also reports that new judges Spears and Lovato sat in the seats occupied by Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger last season, respectively; and that the four judges appeared to have a lot of fun, with Lovato even calling Simon Cowell, “grandpa” at one point.

“Texas has a lot of talent – seriously! Loving The X Factor (USA) auditions so far…” she tweeted afterward.

Check out Britney’s tweet about the incident.