‘The X Factor’ USA: Britney Spears, Demi Lovato party with L.A. Reid

The panel in Kansas City.

Simon Cowell did more than just miss out on the Kansas City auditions for “The X Factor” on Friday — he also missed out on the opportunity to celebrate the birthday of one of the  judges in the form of L.A. Reid.

In a post on Twitter, Reid revealed that he received a birthday gift from Demi Lovato in the form of a card featuring stick figures of the two of them; meanwhile, she and her fellow judge Britney Spears celebrated the occasion by singing “Happy Birthday” to the music mogul and giving him the traditional celebratory cake.

As mentioned, these auditions were already plenty strange to begin with, as UK judge Louis Walsh stepped in at the last minute for an ailing Cowell. The show is set to film its second day of auditions on Saturday, and for continuity purposes Simon will likely miss this day, as well. (He should be well enough to return to his chair for the next city.)

Will there be any big moments from the show Saturday? Check back soon, as we’ll have updates if we find out that a star was born or if there is some more controversy brewing behind the scenes.

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