(LOS ANGELES) — It was Britney Spears’ first day on the job with The X Factor on Thursday, and already she’s making headlines.
TMZ.com reports Spears walked off the set during auditions in Austin, Texas, after, some anonymous audience members claim she was miffed that a contestant performed an unimpressive cover of her song “Hold It Against Me.” However, a source close to the Fox show tells the website that Spears simply “needed a break.”
Because Spears walked away from the judges’ table, she missed the auditions of four singers, according to TMZ.
Spears has since addressed the report on Twitter, writing, “#Britneywalksoff??? LOL was just taking a little break people. I am having the BEST time!!!”
Demi Lovato was also making her X Factor debut in Austin. It seems that she and Spears had a difference of opinion regarding the first hopeful, a 14-year-old boy.
The Hollywood Reporter, citing leaked audio that has since been pulled from the Internet at Fox’s request, reports that Lovato told the boy, “I don’t really know where you fit. I don’t know what’s going to set you apart from other musicians who are boys.”
However, Spears said, “I think you can be bigger than the next Justin Bieber.”
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Joshua Berlinger, CNN Newswire
Jim Bennett, Deseret News