"X Factor" auditions wrapped last night after two weeks, eight hours of footage, six cities and thousands of contestants. The first hour of New Jersey auditions was overwhelmingly disappointing -- many winners, but most were little better than average. Finally, as the second hour crept along, Simon and co. found a few gems.
Within the first half hour, it seemed as if the judges had approved a dozen contestants, begging the question of just how many folks would move on to the next round. All of those winners were followed by an equal number of rejects, and it began to feel like the producers were packing the show with contestants to hide the fact that Jersey brought little talent to the table.