Britney Spears got choked up during the second round of “The X Factor’s” boot camp auditions on Thursday night.
The boot camp process, which will eventually whittle the 60 contestants down to 24, finds 2 hopefuls pitted against each other in a sing-off style competition where both perform the same song. Only one emerges victorious.
Judges Spears, Demi Lovato, Simon Cowell and LA Reid were forced to make some tough cuts, with many contestants breaking down in front of them.
But there was one contestant whose exit proved too difficult for even Britney, whom Simon has previously referred to as the “meanest” judge on the panel.
After flubbing her lyrics and realizing she’d blown her shot at stardom, 15-year-old Rocklin, California native Jordan Shane started to cry. “I don’t like that she’s crying,” Britney said to LA. “It makes me want to cry. I don’t want to cry.”
“You already are,” Reid responded.
“I couldn’t help getting emotional,” Britney tweeted during the show on Thursday night. “It’s so hard to watch them crack under pressure when I know they want it so badly.”
After the episode finished she concluded, “What an intense episode! I can breathe again… until next week, anyway! LOL”
See a portion of Britney’s “X Factor” breakdown below: