Britney walks off X Factor set

Last updated 15:31 25/05/2012
Britney Spears
UNDER HIS THUMB:Britney Spears with fiance Jason Trawick, who oversees her personal and professional decisions along with her father.

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Britney Spears left the set of her new show The X Factor after reportedly being irked by a contestant's performance.

The pop songstress experienced her first day as judge on Simon Cowell's US TV talent programme Thursday.

TMZ reports that Spears, who co-judges with Cowell, Demi Lovato and L.A. Reid, didn't appreciate one performer's rendition of her song Hold It Against Me.

When the unidentified crooner belted out her tune, Spears quickly left the judging panel. Audience members report that Spears was visibly upset.

A source close to production informed the website that Spears wasn't angered, the star simply "needed a break".

Spears took her time on her much needed respite, as four contestants performed to three judges and an empty chair.

She took to Twitter to express her thoughts on her first day on the job.

"Texas has a lot of talent - seriously! Loving @TheXFactorUSA auditions so far... (at X Factor)," she tweeted on Thursday.

The star is still the subject of a conservatorship order following her 2008 meltdown, which means her personal and professional decisions are overseen by her father Jamie and some others - including her fiancé Jason Trawick.

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