Britney Spears stormed off X Factor set again during a drag tribute: stunt or real?

It’s been a few weeks since we’ve heard about Britney having trouble on the set of X-Factor. She seems to have settled into a routine with her new gig, and went on to judge auditions in three other cities without any incidents we heard about. All that changed in Greensboro, North Carolina, where Britney looked “stunned” and stormed off set when a guy auditioned in drag as Britney and sung her hit “Crazy.” (Did you know Melissa Joan Hart was in that video? I barely remember that song.) Two out of the three other judges, Demi and L.A. Reid, followed Britney in what may have been a show of solidarity. Britney came back, told the guy she respected him but that he wasn’t for X-Factor, and then promptly left again. At that point, the crowd booed her. Here’s more:

During The X Factor auditions in Greensboro, North Carolina July 9, Spears was at a loss for words when a contestant dressed in drag performed a cover of her 1999 smash, “(You Drive Me) Crazy.”

Spears, 30, looked visibly bothered as the male contestant, dressed partially as a woman in cat glasses and a bedazzled jean jacket, struggled to sing her pop classic. The Grammy winner eventually left the judges’ table and joined her fiance, Jason Trawick, 40, in the production pit; Demi Lovato, 19, and L.A. Reid, 56, followed Spears off stage, though Simon Cowell, 52, stayed behind to critique the aspiring singer.

“I don’t think she quite understood your tribute,” Cowell told the X Factor hopeful. “You’ve got to be able to sing in tune. There wasn’t a note in tune.”

The teary-eyed singer explained that he “had to fight real hard to get here,” and claimed that because he’s on welfare and can’t afford to pay his phone bill, he nearly missed his X Factor audition call.

Spears eventually returned to the stage, sans Lovato and Reid. With her arms crossed, she leaned into Cowell’s microphone and said, “I really respect the tribute. It was really nice, but I just don’t feel like it’s for X Factor. Sorry, sweetie.”

With that, the Greensboro Coliseum booed the “Criminal” singer as she walked off stage yet again. “Britney just stormed off the set because a guy did a tribute to her,” one attendee tweeted. “She’s such a bitch!”

[From US Weekly]

Maybe Britney was pissed off that they let the guy on and felt like they did it to mock her. I don’t think that her walkoff was a stunt, but surely the whole tribute in drag was. If that guy was doing a Cher song it’s not like he would have made the cut, you know? Simon needs ratings and he’s going to try to get under Britney’s skin if that’s what it takes. Britney could have definitely sucked it up, sat there and handled it better than she did, though.

We’ve also heard that Simon is trying to convince Britney to ditch her ever-present boyfriend/co-conservator, Jason Trawick, since Trawick is a calming influence on her and that does nothing for ratings. Simon’s got to be thrilled that he finally got a reaction out of Britney and now has a nice clip of her leaving the set to play over and over again in promos.

TMZ, which has been getting their news straight from X-Factor, didn’t cover this story at all. They do have a video of Britney jamming out to a contestant’s cover of Vanilla Ice’s “Ice Ice Baby,” and another story about how Demi Lovato bitched out some rappers who were singing about drug use and sent them packing. I have a feeling that Demi is going to be a lot more interesting on this show than Britney.

Here’s a new promo for X-Factor featuring Britney:

Here’s a bikini photo Britney tweeted during her recent trip to Hawaii:

Britney is shown at the airport in Maui on 7-6-12. She’s reading Voltaire’s Candide? Credit: Apollo/Zeus/HiFly/FAMEFLYNET

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  1. beyonce's bump says:

    That bikini pic of brit brit’s bod is very pre meltdown. She really looks calmer these days, I am afraid trawick really does have a good influence on her regardless of his debatable motives. I hate Cowell. Tis all.

  2. Eleonor says:

    Britney reads VOLTAIRE???
    Edit: as I’ve just said before, I think Simon Cowell wanted Britney to have some more dramas, and more dramaratings, and Britney isn’t acting crazy, kudos for her for keeping it as professional as she can.

  3. cmc says:

    But two other judges “stormed off” too…I wonder what the contestant was doing to cause three judges to walk off stage. Strange.

  4. ShanKat says:

    Sounde like they’re plowing the wrong field, planning stunts around drag show karaoke performers. Step it up, Simon Cowell…i’ll never believe Britney being offended by something like that.

    Love the DL side story! I’m looking forward to liking her.

  5. brin says:

    Still rooting for Britney to do well.
    Demi may be a good influence, wish her well, too.

  6. Aussie girl says:

    Im so not a prude & I know it’s in Hawaii. But there’s something about the ‘I’m in a hot bikini posing with my sons that eeks (if that’s a word) me out.

  7. the original bellaluna says:

    I still don’t think she’s well yet. And a pox on Simon if he’s setting all this crap in motion.

  8. TheOriginalKitten says:

    I cannot imagine any reason why Britney would be offended by a drag queen impersonator. I’m sure there’s thousands of them out there and this can’t be her first encounter. IMO, sounds like this was all for ratings…

  9. Lauren says:

    If you watched the video you could see that LA was talking to Britney during the whole performance and she seemed totally fine. If she was that upset about it she would have left right when he started instead of allowing him to finish. The whole thing seemed set up to me. You also saw in the video that she was laughing so I don’t really think she was upset about that but of course everyone wants a crazy Britney so it’s more entertaining to think that she’s loosing it again and just stormed off.

  10. Nonny says:

    Hot bikini body but what’s with the hairline? Is she going bald or what?

  11. Europe/ Amsterdam says:

    Poor Brit..she should call tom cruise..;)
    could help.

  12. Lucy2 says:

    The whole thing just feels like it is exploiting her.

  13. Jordan says:

    Good for Simon for staying behind and giving the contestant his opinion. Maybe he couldn’t sing well, but the judges walking off like that every time they don’t like a contestant is childish and unprofessional. Remember William Hung? Do they really think people want to see boring audition after another and/or judges walking off in a huff? At least this contestant changed it up a little.

  14. Wiffie says:

    If you look carefully, Adrian Grenier is in the video too. The song was 98/99, right? I think Joan-Hart and Grenier did a movie together around then. I wonder if she asked Brit Brit if she could do her actor friend Adrian a favor and let him be in the video. Who knew he’d end up with his own Entourage someday?

  15. Wiffie says:

    If you look carefully, Adrian Grenier is in the video too. The song was 98/99, right? I think Joan-Hart and Grenier did a movie together around then. I wonder if she asked Brit if she could do her actor friend Adrian a favor and let him be in the video. Who knew he’d end up with his own Entourage someday?

  16. davyj says:

    Has an accurate tally ever been accounted disclosing the total number of STDs, infections, and chancre sores she has?

  17. Bodhi says:

    I just rocked out to that video. :shameface:

    She has never had anything resembling a stellar voice, but damn sshe really could dance.

  18. Dandilion says:

    Back in 2011.. she reveals; Though Britney Spears prefers to keep her personal life out of the spotlight, she recently admitted if her pop career did not take off she would have been a teacher like her mother.