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L.A. Reid is a mean 'X Factor' judge, audience told not to boo

Published May 10, 2011

Now that Paula Abdul has officially completed the judges' table on The X Factor, the group took to the first day of tryouts on the USC campus Sunday in L.A. It sounds like they're already in midseason form, too, with Antonio "L.A." Reid wrestling for the title of biggest jackwagon on the show.

The Hollywood Reporter says after a 52-year-old divorcee stumbled through incomplete versions of Bette Midler's Wind Beneath My Wings, Martina McBride's Independence Day and Mariah Carey's Hero, Reid was the first to sound off: "When was the last time you performed? Eighteen years ago?" he asked. "Whatever made you stop then, you should've stuck with that decision." Ouch, that'll leave a mark.

Simon Cowell was a smidge nicer, noting "It's very brave, and I don't mean this disrespectfully, but you're someone who should be singing at home." But it was the constantly booing audience that had to be tempered. After Cowell told the audience "you're our fifth judge" and "you can be as badly behaved as you want," they became so raucous that producers instructed them to tone it down and not boo the contestants, lest they seem too negative. Um, say, do any of you idiots know what people in L.A. are like?

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