"Idol" Wannabe Was Involved in Brit's Meltdown

1/16/2009 5:45 PM PST

"Idol" Wannabe Was Involved in Brit's Meltdown

The tatted-up, ass-flashing contestant on this year's "American Idol" once worked with Britney Spears -- and the job left Brit Brit marked for life.

Turns out Emily Wynne-Hughes was working at the tattoo shop Britney Spears wandered into back in February 2007 (aka The Night Britney Shaved Her F&*%ing Head!!!). And get this -- Emily was actually interviewed by "Extra" moments after Britney got inked up -- nearly two years ago!

She told the show Britney's "mind was in a different place" and her "thoughts were definitely somewhere else."

Apparently, Emily is a good singer and an amateur psychologist, too!