"The X Factor"'s second season kicked off last night, showcasing new judges Britney Spears and Demi Lovato. The pop duo join returning judges Simon Cowell and LA Reid.
Auditions got underway in Austin, Texas. The show opened strong with 21-year-old Paige Thomas, who wowed the judges with her powerhouse voice, rock star ensemble and 3-year-old daughter.
New to this year's format is a behind-the-scenes storyline, which aims to showcase the so-called "bitchiness," according to Cowell, that seems to go on backstage. Audiences not only see the judges banter back and forth between takes, but they also witness 22-year-old contestant Kaci Newton make faces and snide comments about her competition from behind the curtain.
13-year-old Reed Dennings barely scraped through to the next round on charm.
"You were like a mouse trying to be an elephant" – Simon Cowell
"That's why you use auto-tune and I don't" – contestant Shawn Amernta to Demi Lovato
"I wanna know who let you onstage. I'm uncomfortable with you even staring at me" – Britney Spears
"I felt like I was listening to Alvin and the Chipmunks" – Britney Spears
"You sang like a dog trying to lay an egg" – Simon Cowell
"Are you drunk?" – Demi Lovato
"Have you ever watched yourself on stage? You turn into a raving lunatic" – Simon Cowell
"There used to be boybands years ago, there's five of them, and there's always one that doesn't sing. That's you." – Simon Cowell
"Do you like animals? If I were you, I'd go out and buy a puppy and make this a happy day for yourself because the singing was awful" – Simon Cowell
Best and Worst Auditions:
Paige Thomas: "I'm Going Down," Mary J. Blige
Emblem 3: "Sunset Boulevard," Self Penned
Jennel Garcia: "Paris," Grace Potter & the Nocturnals
Jillian Jensen: Title Unknown, Self Penned
Shawn Armenta:"Candy Girls," Self Penned
Kaci Newton: "Firework," Katy Perry
Quatrele Da'an: "Born This Way," Lady Gaga
Vincent Thomas: "Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word," Elton John
Don Phillip: "Halo," Beyonce