A Britney Spears superfan on the American version of The X Factor in 2012 made the star very uncomfortable. Things were only made worse when the contestant refused to leave the stage after being rejected.
Patrick Ford shared just how much Britney meant to him before his audition, even saying, “I think she might be my sister.” The 20-year-old also brought a bouquet of flowers for her. Check out the awkward audition below.
Britney Spears Superfan Auditions For ‘X Factor’
Britney seemed uncomfortable as soon as Patrick walked out on stage. As he told her how much he loves her, she visibly cringed. He didn’t even win her over when he announced he would be singing one of her songs, “Circus.”
Unfortunately, Patrick’s performance didn’t do much to win Britney (or the rest of the judges) over. The audience laughed and booed his singing and weird dance moves. Eventually, Simon Cowell put an end to the audition.
“It was like you had an argument with Britney Spears, got drunk, and decided to scream the song at her,” Simon said, to which Patrick replied that he “would never argue with Britney.”
Britney Fan Won’t Leave After Being Rejected
Patrick received four “no” votes from all the judges, including Britney Spears herself. Although he said he would never argue with her, he couldn’t contain his disappointment. “That’s all you got for me, Britney? Just a no?” he said.
After that, there was an awkward moment where Patrick refused to leave the stage after his rejection. He stood there while the judges and audience watched uncomfortably. A confused L.A. Reid tried to coax him to leave.
Patrick then asked if he could bring Britney her flowers. Britney didn’t look too thrilled about this, so Simon stepped up and grabbed them from the stage. When he finally left, Simon said the experience “defines the word uncomfortable.”
Backstage, Patrick said the audition was a “disaster,” adding that he wished Britney had given him more of an explanation for her rejection. “I still love her,” he said, even though he was “disappointed.”