Britney Spears on walking off 'X Factor': 'I was following Demi Lovato'
Published Jul 12 2012, 14:54 BST | By Justin Harp The X Factor
has explained why she
walked off the stage during a drag tribute
to her music.
Spears was apparently left speechless when a man partially dressed in women's clothing performed a version of her hit '(You Drive Me) Crazy'. The singer briefly left the audition stage, but did return to clarify that she was stunned rather than offended.
In a newly released
clip, Spears defended her behaviour by revealing that it was fellow judge Lovato who urged her to walk off.
"I was following [Demi]. I was taking her lead… She was like, 'Let's go!' And I was like, 'Okay'," Spears explained, adding: "It was our dinner break, anyway."
judge LA Reid has come to Spears's defence by classifying the drag tribute as "horrible".
"The truth is he was horrific," Reid insisted. "We just couldn't take it anymore. But Simon [Cowell] has a little more tolerance and more patience than we do [so he stayed]."
The controversial incident took place during
The X Factor
's auditions in Greensboro, NC, which also saw
Ray Charles's grandson try out
The X Factor
USA's second season will debut this September on Fox.
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