Although Britney Spears’ former duet partner is upset that X Factor omitted his emotional coming out on Wednesday’s premiere, an X Factor spokesman says his sexual orientation was not relevant to his audition.
In a statement to RumorFix X Factor stands by its decision:
“The judges were given no information about Mr. Philips prior to his audition. The personal information that Mr. Philips quickly volunteered at the start of his audition was a surprise to the judges, who asked what had happened during the past 10 years, as they were interested in Mr. Philips’ career. While we understand his decision to discuss his personal life, Mr. Philips’ sexual orientation was not something that any of the judges or producers felt was relevant to this audition. When advertising and promoting open auditions, thousands of people are informed about the ways to enter the show. Mr. Philips himself chose to enter for a chance to win a five million dollar recording contract.”