The second season of Simon Cowell’s “The X Factor” kicked off Wednesday night and new judge Britney Spears was put to the test when judging “X Factor” contest Don Philip, who she recorded a song with back in 1999.
Philip, a now a 32-year-old vocal coach who is hard on his luck, was Spears’ duet partner on the song “I Will Still Love You,” which was featured on her 1999 smash-hit debut album, …Baby One More Time. When he took the stage, Philip was an emotional wreck.
“I’ve been really working hard. I’ve been doing more writing and producing, trying to really find my sound,” Phillip said to the “X Factor” cameras before the audition. “I’ve had a lot of ‘maybes’ and a ton of ‘almosts.’ This one thing. I think this is my final chance. There’s no more after this. This has to be it for me. I’ve tried every other way.”
But when Cowell asked Philip what he had done in the last 10 years, the vocal coach broke down in tears and discussed his professional letdowns. Unfortunately, the letdowns continued when Philip gave a dismal performance of Beyonce’s “Halo” and the tense judges, including Spears, were forced to tell him “no.”
Fox chose not to air the portion of the segment when Philip revealed that he is gay on stage, Celebuzz reported.
Philip took to his Facebook to respond:
Now this is what i have to say about Britney Spears and I now know this to be true..–Britney didn’t care about me being gay—she is the least judgmental person I know-she accepts folks that accept and embrace themselves and their differences!! i will still love you britney for always.. and now to focus on the job at hand to build that house in Manila for Brother Joe Dean..and the CHILDREN…
Listen to Don Philip’s duet with Britney Spears on “I Will Still Love You” below:
via Huffington Post