When Don Philip went on The X Factor stage in San Fransisco, he was looking at a very familiar face – Britney Spears.

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Philip and Spears once did a duet, ten years ago, in 1999 – “I Will Still Love You.” It was never released as a single, however it gave Don the chance to tour with Spears for a bit.

Spears immediately recognized Philip as he took the stage.

He explained that he’d never felt worthy before, but now he wanted his shot. Unfortunately, he didn’t earn it. None of the judges voted him through. Not even Spears.

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Rather than being mad at her, he seemed to realize that he’d put Spears in an awkward position. Backstage, he was emotional and overheard saying how sorry he was, and how he didn’t want to hurt Spears.

Meanwhile, Cowell got up to ask Spears if she was okay. He insisted that it was the right thing to do to simply be honest with Philip.

Spears was obviously upset by the encounter, and she did not look happy to have to turn away Philip.

Don Philip on tour with Britney Spears:

Their duet:

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