Yesterday we saw the first batch of BEAUTIFUL photos of Britney Spears and her fellow X Factor judges — Simon Cowell, Antonio LA Reid and Demi Lovato — making their arrival in Austin, TX for Day 1 of auditions for season 2 of The X Factor. Today we get to see a BUNCH of new photos from the first day of auditions AND we get to see video from inside the Austin auditions yesterday. Click below to check it all out … it’s deffo worth your time :)
Britney showed up at the auditions yesterday in a beautifully hawt pink dress and she immediately sent fans into a tizzy. To be honest, I knew she was going to bring the heat on this first day of auditions but I know there were are great many people who doubted her. As soon as she stepped foot out of her SUV, all those concerns disappeared and pretty much everyone agreed that Britney looked amazing … and ready to get down to work. Here are some photos of Britney and her fellow X Factor judges gettin’ down to work:
Many other folks are reporting that Britney “walked off” the set and are doing everything they can to make something out of nothing but according to E! News‘s Marc Malkin (who was at the auditions in person and witnessed everything first hand), there was no dramatic “walk off” the set:
All hail, Britney Spears! The pop princess was welcomed by the roar of about 4,000 people who crowded into the Frank Erwin center for her debut as an X Factor judge. So how did she do—and why was she missing from the last four tryouts? Spears’ first X Factor comment from the judging panel? The 30-year-old told a teen boy he could be bigger than Justin Bieber! The “Womanizer” singer remained sweet and calm, only giving two no’s during the auditions. Her harshest critique for one poor chap who had no chance of getting through was, “I feel like you need a new teacher to teach you how to sing.” Other than that, she found something nice to say to ever hopeful. “Texas has a lot of talent – seriously!” she tweeted. “Loving @TheXFactorUSA auditions so far” … About 14 soloists and groups sang for the judges. The X Factor peeps have asked us not to spoil the upcoming season by reporting who did and didn’t make it to the next round. After the tenth contestant, Spears was escorted backstage—and she didn’t come back for the last four hopefuls. We’re being told she wanted to take a break. None of the other judges mentioned her sudden departure—even when some in the crowd shouted, “Where’s Britney?!” And a needed break is all it was. Spears was back for the second show taping—and stayed for the entire three-hour shoot. And the really good news? She seemed to have loosened up a bit. Spears and Lovato chatted a lot more than they had earlier in the day. The two stood up at their chairs and danced together during a performance by a hip-hop trio. When all four judges agreed that one rapper was one of the worst auditions of the day, Britney smiled and offered, “I like your hat.” And when Cowell was especially mean to one contestant, Spears sneered, “That was rude, Simon!”
Britney herself commented on the reports that she “walked off” the set:
#Britneywalksoff??? LOL was just taking a little break people. I am having the BEST time!!!
Honestly, this is exactly the kind of thing that Simon Cowell is hoping for … hype and controversy. I suspect the next time Britney sneezes, someone will make a controversial story out of it. No matter, as long as folks are talking about her … you know she’s doing something right. Here is a bit more video that was filmed from inside the auditions yesterday:
And here is a shot of the X Factor judging panel:
Day 1 is in the can and folks are already lined up for Day 2 of auditions later today. This is JUST THE BEGINNING of the X Factor saga. I suspect we’ll be seeing and hearing much from the auditions process as it continues thruout the Summer so … stay tuned. We will likely hear more stories about “walking off” or “melt downs” or whatever but I’m not at all concerned. It’s clear that Britney and co. are having fun and I cannot WAIT to see footage of all the fun they’re having when season 2 of The X Factor debuts this Fall.