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Britney Spears slays dreams and a boy band member fails on Wednesday's singing competitions

6/12/2014
 Britney Spears slays dreams and a boy band member fails on Wednesday's singing competitions Britney Spears slays dreams and a boy band member fails on Wednesday's singing competitions

Britney Spears showed her mean streak on the The X Factor season premiere and a former 1990s boy band member tried to reignite his singing career on The Voice, as the two singing competitions went head-to-head on Wednesday (12Sep12). The fall TV season's two most anticipated singing competitions faced off for the first time, showing a slew of talent highlighted from across the country. On the second season premiere of the revamped X Factor, pop stars Spears and Demi Lovato took to the judges' table for the very first time. Surprisingly, it was not resident villain Simon Cowell who doled out harsh critiques, but instead it was Spears, who proved to be not so innocent. One of the first contestants in Austin, Texas to take the stage was 50 year old Shawn Armenta, who performed an original song called Candy Girl. His pitchy and awkward performance left the audience and judges stunned, and Spears told him, "I want to know who let you on stage. I feel uncomfortable with you just staring at me." The Toxic singer shared her sympathy for the contestants, but insisted tough love was imperative, saying, "I have been in this business since I was eight. Being totally honest and (telling them) that they have to go home... I feel like that at the end of the day, I'd want to be told, I wouldn't want to waste anyone's time." One contestant Spears had a particularly difficult time saying no to was San Francisco, California contestant Don Philip. The singer recorded a duet on Spears' first album, ...Baby One More Time over 10 years ago. The moment Philip walked on stage, Spears recognized him, but her hope for him soon fizzled has he gave an underwhelming rendition of Beyonce's Halo. Clearly upset and distraught about his performance, Spears stated, "I feel like through the years maybe you've gone through a lot of hardships and battles, but your voice is not up to The X Factor standards and what we want... I have to say no." She later confided in Cowell and fellow judge L.A. Reid, "That was hard. It's hard because I know what they've been through." Meanwhile on the third night of blind auditions on The Voice, Chris Trousdale made his second attempt at making it in the music industry. The 27 year old was a former member of boy band Dream Street, alongside singer/actor Jesse McCartney, but the group disbanded in 2002 after three years together. Trousdale took the stage with current popular boy band The Wanted's song Glad You Came and showed off some of impressive dance moves, but failed to get any of the judges to turn their chairs around. Another star who took the stage was 26 year old Domo, a hip-hop dancer from Bronx, New York who is famous in China, and proclaimed, "I can dance Janet, I can dance like Michael. I can sing like Mariah, Whitney, Christina, Celine." Domo managed to win the attention of judge Cee Lo Green with her sultry rendition of Don't Cha by the Pussycat Dolls. The three-episode premiere of The Voice ended on Wednesday, but the second night of The X Factor continues on Thursday (13Sep12).

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