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Britney Spears not all there on 'X Factor' first day
May 24, 2012, 8:43 PM EST
Britney Spears' first day as an "X Factor" judge ended
in confusion when she walked off the set during auditions.
Four contestants had to perform without the benefit of looking at Spears or
hearing her critique of their performances.
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TMZ reports the pop
icon appeared to be far from happy when a contestant butchered her song
"Hold It Against Me" and abruptly left the Austin, Texas, audition room on
Thursday, but a show insider insisted the pop superstar just "needed a break."
Spears and Lovato were announced as the new judges on "The X Factor" earlier
this month. They replace Nicole Scherzinger and Paula Abdul on the talent show.
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