Boy bands, feminism, and Simon Cowell’s judgment all took sizable hits during Wednesday night’s installment of The X Factor — featuring auditions from Chicago and Seattle. But amidst the bad Boyz II Men impersonations, the heavy-handed edits making it look as though the show’s female judges were threatened by attractive lady auditioners, and moments where Mr. Nasty himself voted “yes” for artists with questionable credentials, we saw a handful of potentially stupendous singers. I teared up a little watching the burrito slinger’s mom (pictured) boil over with joy, found myself pleasantly surprised by the 14-year-old Bieber aficionado, and really, really hope we get another dose of the 53-year-old grandmother who sung what she brung on “You’ve Got a Friend.”
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