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Menudo Alum Gives 'X Factor' Judges 'Very Sexy' Audition

Did the Fox reality show tryouts in Providence, R.I., provide Troy Kurtis a second chance at stardom?

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Former Menudo star Troy Kurtis crooned his way into the The X Factor auditions in Providence, R.I., on Wednesday.

Kurtis, 31, reportedly seduced judges Britney Spears and Demi Lovato with a hot performance, singing entirely in Spanish, reports People.

Spears said the singer’s audition was “very sexy,” and judge L.A. Reid teased that Lovato was “sweating” and “giggling” due to Kurtis’ commanding stage presence.

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Kurtis told the judges of the Fox show that being a member of Menudo wasn’t as glamorous as one would expect.

"I never had any mentors," he said. "I left my house at 16 because my stepfather told me to shut up when I would sing. I feel like I'm just getting started."

Meanwhile, reports are swirling that Spears may be emerging as a tougher judge than Simon Cowell. Spears has been quoted as telling hopefuls that they are too “boring" and that they "have potential ... [but just are not] great."

Here is a look at the judge’s arrivals in Providence on June 27, courtesy of The Providence Journal: