Britney Spears on set of the X Factor auditions

Britney Spears and LA Reid appear to be leaving fellow X Factor judges Simon Cowell and Demi Lovato out in the cold, after puckering up on set of the auditions in Rhode Island.

Simon Cowell was nowhere to be seen and Demi Lovato was enjoying herself in Dunkin' Donuts, so Britney and LA Reid took the opportunity to tweet a photo of her kissing him on the cheek at the Rhode Island auditions.

And apparently quite pleased with the shot, Britney took the opportunity to show it off to her fans, retweeting LA's post and hinting that there would be more 'trouble' on the way.

After LA accompanied his photo with the words 'Now THIS is #Britneylicious!', the Womaniser singer added: 'Oh and this is only the beginning... you just wait!'.

The X Factor judges are currently auditioning hopefuls in Providence, Rhode Island, having had an apparently successful few days of auditions in San Francisco.

While in California, Simon tweeted: 'In San Francisco - just seen an incredible group. Watch out for them!... One of the best audition days we've ever done - stars have come to San Francisco!'

And although the judges have yet to speak out about the talent in Providence, Britney seemed excited to find what she called 'the Rhode Island Factor'.