All four X Factor judges walked out of auditions on Saturday after a contestant refused to look at them while he was singing.
“It was really awkward,” one audience member told People. “You could tell the judges were done.”
Judges Britney Spears, Demi Lovato, L.A. Reid, and Louis Walsh (who was filling in for a sick Simon Cowell) reportedly couldn’t handle the disrespect of being ignored by a contestant.
“I don’t think they had a choice,” another guest said. “They didn’t want to waste their time.”
Another source added that the judges “all hated” the contestant, who “was one of the worst singers and had a bad attitude.”
The contestant, on the other hand, didn’t seem to pick up on the overpowering hatred coming his way. The wannabe-singer took no notice of the mass exodus and continued to sing long after the judges had left.
Everyone but Britney returned to the judges’ panel for the remainder of auditions that day, but the pop princess did report back for a second show taping in Kansas City.