Meet Don Philip: 'The X Factor' reunites Britney Spears with a face from her past

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britney-spears-don-philip-jive.jpgIn January, "The Voice" viewers saw Christina Aguilera reunite with her old "Mickey Mouse Club" co-star, Tony Lucca -- and let's just say that by the end of the season, they weren't exactly best friends.

This fall, "The X Factor" fans will see a similar reunion when judge Britney Spears recognizes a familiar face -- Don Philip.

Die-hard Britney fans will remember Don from her first album, when Britney and Don did a duet on the song "I Will Still Love You." It was never released as a single, but it did give Don the opportunity to tour with Britney, nearly 15 years ago, before he was ultimately dropped from the Jive label.

On Sunday, Don arrived at "The X Factor" auditions in San Francisco, and according to People, Britney recognized him immediately, lighting up with a "huge smile." "I know him," Britney told fellow judges Simon Cowell, Demi Lovato, and L.A. Reid. "We did a duet together 10 years ago."

It was an intensely emotional moment for Don, who hasn't spoken to Britney in a decade. "I'm gay," he told Britney. "At the time I didn't think I was worthy. I didn't think you thought it was okay that I am gay."

"I think it is fine you are gay," she assured him. He told her that he didn't think he'd ever get the chance to talk to her again, and she comforted him as he cried -- even though she, too, teared up during his audition. Listen to Don and Britney's duet below. Do you think he has what it takes?

"The X Factor" will premiere with a two-hour episode on Wednesday, Sept. 12 at 8 p.m. EST, with the second part of its premiere airing Thursday, Sept 13 at 9 p.m. -- right before the Season 4 debut of "Glee."


Photo/Video credit: Jive Records