06/28/2012 AT 05:25 PM EDT
Boy band singers know how to charm the ladies – even when they're all grown up.
At Wednesday's X Factor
auditions in Providence, R.I., a former singer from the Latin boy band Menudo wooed the audience with his vocal talent and easy charisma, prompting Britney Spears
, 30, to say his performance was "very sexy."
Wearing a leather jacket and black T-shirt, 31-year-old Troy Kurtis got the audience waving their arms back and forth as he sang in Spanish. Afterwards, during the judges' critique, L.A. Reid, 56, teased Demi Lovato
, 19, about her love of all things Spanish, saying, "[Demi's] sweating. She's giggling."
Before his performance, Kurtis revealed that his post-Menudo life wasn't all fun and games.
"I never had any mentors," he told the judges. "I left my house at 16 because my step-father told me to shut up when I would sing. I feel like I'm just getting started."
Tune in once X Factor
airs to find out if the judges think Kurtis have what it takes to restart his career.
Reporting by ANNE DRISCOLL