Mel B booed by 'X Factor' Manchester crowd for insulting hopeful
Published Jun 6 2012, 05:23 BST | By Kate Goodacre
Mel B was booed by X Factor
audition audience members during her first day as a guest judge (Tuesday, June 5).
The former Spice Girls singer received a negative reception from the crowd for insulting a contestant in his 80s.
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[Mel B photographed on the first day of 'X Factor' auditions in Manchester
Lou, who is an 81-year-old widower from Birmingham, is the oldest contestant in the current series and reportedly opened his audition by saying that he was "available" for regular X Factor
panelist Tulisa Contostavlos.
Contostavlos said that Lou's performance "pulled at my heart strings" but Mel B was not won over, saying: "I wanted to fall asleep".
However, Mel B comforted a woman who began to cry following her audition during the first session. She was helped up and down from the stage by Gary Barlow
, apparently struggling on the steps because of the large heels on her shoes.
Barlow was the recipient of teasing from Louis Walsh - who referred to him as "Sir Gary" during the day's auditions
- and received salutes from members of the audience when 'Rule Britannia' was played during the day's second audition session.
Auditions for The X Factor
continue at EventCity in Manchester today and tomorrow (June 6 and 7).