To help you get up to date, we've brought you audition clips from five of the most talked-about auditionees of the episode - and it was tough to narrow it down! We even had to leave out boyband Emblem3 and Kaci Newton, who talked a lot about how good she'd be before failing to impress the panel. For a full recap, head on over to our blog here - otherwise, scroll on down to see who hit the headlines from last night's episode...
We all know that The X Factor USA allows kids to audition, and so it's only right that the premiere included cute 13-year-old Reed, who was told a lot how much he looked like Justin Bieber and was introduced to the strains of 'Boyfriend'. But Reed - who said he grew up listening to Sinatra and The Eagles - stopped the comparisons by belting out 'Grenade' by Bruno Mars (after a bit of a shaky start when he first sang 'It Will Rain'). Demi's verdict? "So adorable!"
But not all the auditionees can be cute kids. Shawn Armenta had already caused controversy before his audition even aired, after he accused Demi of being unable to sing without Auto-Tune (not likely to endear him to the panel, right?). His original song 'Candy Girl' - the lyrics are too creepy to even get into - and unconventional dance moves didn't help either. The sort of uncomfortable audition you kind of wish had never been aired.
Quatrele Da'An Smith
One of the things The X Factor USA is definitely good at is introducing an element of surprise. That was certainly in evidence with Quatrele Da'An Smith. Wearing a ripped-up wedding dress, you can literally hear the judges sigh when Quatrele walks on stage. "I'm getting married to X Factor today," the 21-year-old announces. But you know what? This hopeful ain't a bad singer, and the rendition of Lady GaGa's 'Born This Way' wins over Britney, Demi and even Mr Cowell, with only LA a bit dubious. Nice work, Quatrele!
Like Shawn, we'd all heard about Don before he even hit our television screens - he's Britney Spears's former duet partner. The X Factor USA seems to have garnered largely positive buzz, but it's difficult to find someone who felt good about Don being exposed to this. And it's awful for Spears, who is forced to tell him that he's just not a good enough singer to go any further in the contest. One of those auditions that leaves a bad taste in your mouth - hopefully Don's alright now.
Still, boy does The X Factor know how to end on a high note. Jillian's one of those stars that everyone's been raving about since she stepped onto the stage. Her emotional story about being bullied and the way she relates to Demi obviously helps, but she's got a super-raspy voice and showed what a good choice of song can do. After watching her audition, it was tough to find a dry eye in the house (even Simon seemed a little teary). What a way to end the season premiere!
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Copyright: Fox David MoirThe X Factor USA continues tonight (September 13) on Fox.