‘The X Factor’ Judges Walk Out in the Middle of an Audition

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Is Britney Spears rubbing off on her costars?

All four judges from “The X Factor” walked out of an audition Saturday during the Kansas City stop of the talent search.

L.A. Reid, Britney Spears, Demi Lovato and Louis Walsh (subbing for a sick Simon Cowell) got up and left when a male contestant refused to look at them and faced away from the judges’ panel as he sang on stage.

Apparently, “ignoring the judges” isn’t the best way to nail an audition and the panel chose to leave instead of waste their time. “They all hated it and walked off,” a witness said.

“It was really awkward,” another audience member told People, adding that “he was one of the worst singers and had a bad attitude.”

Since he was performing backwards, the guy wasn’t even aware that the judges had left and continued singing to four empty seats.

The judges eventually returned — without Britney — for the final auditions of the day, reportedly leaving the crowd yelling “Where’s Britney?” Spears’ mysterious disappearing acts while filming “X Factor” have been the subject of much speculation — for more click here.

Britney made no mention of being MIA again or the backward drama when she Tweeted later in the day: “Holy cow Kansas City! Blown away by the talent at @TheXFactorUSA. Headed home to my boys now – I’ll see u next week San Fran/Oakland. Xxoo”

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